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OSX – Leopard Installed

Posted By Darren Rowse 27th of October 2007 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

Leopardavailable 20071026I bought Apple Mac OS X Version 10.5 aka Leopard today and am in updating mode. I’ve got it up and running reasonably smoothly – although it’s going to take a little while to get used to it all.

Two issues/problems have surfaced so far:

1. Mail.app isn’t working on my PowerPC. Consistently getting error messages when trying to launch it. Mail is working on my MacBook Pro – just not on the desktop.

2. I went to see if there was an update yet that might fix it and got another error – ‘The file “index-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog” couldn’t be found on the server “swscan.apple.com”.’ Interestingly I got the same error on my MacBook Pro when I tried to do a software update on that too. A quick search for the error in Google and I find others with the same glitch. Looks like Apply might need to get onto that one. update: looks like they’ve fixed this problem – software update is now working fine.

Other than these – things are running well.

At first things were a little slow – but I think that was spotlight indexing the computer. Now things are working much faster. Spaces rocks (I can see it being incredibly handy), Stacks is hand and will help declutter my destop, the changes in Finder are all nice, what I see in Mail with the new ‘notes’ and updated to-do features look good and Time Machine is going to be very handy when I get myself a bigger external hard drive tomorrow.

Lots more features to play with tomorrow.

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  1. Darren,

    The software update issue will probably clear up later today or over the weekend.

    Apple isn’t releasing till 6 PM in the U.S., so their software update system team may be behind for those that received it early.

  2. Congrats on the new pc, i bought one too just the other day with my ipod touch , yeah i spend money but for good. I am college student so yeah i need stuff like that all the time.

    Love my lil gadgets!

  3. Cool.
    The first person I know who has actually upgraded in a real life situation.

    I think I will update my ram with another GB before I update my MacBook.

    You could run with one “space” per blog!

  4. A hot Apple release like this really makes me wish I had a Mac!

  5. Oh I’m so jelous!
    But even so, I’m going to be getting mine later today – and not just Leopard, but a whole new computer! :-D It’s been almost three years since this computer, and it was bottom of the line. So I’m crawling…
    I can’t wait!

    Congrats on Leopard!

  6. Hi Darren,

    It would be interesting to know if you think it is worth upgrading once you’ve played around with it.

  7. Cool, I didnt know that you used Mac – Nice :)
    I’m gonna buy me a new iMac today :D

  8. I’ll probably get a mac when this PC doesn’t work anymore. Now where’s my sledgehammer…? :D

  9. I plan on buying it today and installing it this weekend. Wish me luck. :)

  10. I am excited, I will be picking up my copy right after work!

  11. I plan on buying it tomorrow, but i want to know: is it worth upgrading?

  12. Darren, thanks for the post. I’m wondering what desktop system you loaded it on? PowerPC 1.4ghz or above? and how much memory. I’m trying to gauge if I have enough juice to upgrade to this OS. Thanks !


  13. I’m holding out for another couple of weeks before I upgrade, because I can see the ironing out the most important bugs by then.

    Other than that, can’t wait, especially for TimeMachine which will certainly come in handy as you said, because having a backup-program built-in to the OS is the only hope I have of doing it frequently enough ;)

  14. Gah… my dad ordered it, but UPS forgot to take the package for me with it. Someone I know that lives close to me got it though, and I was able to play a bit with it on his Mac. As it was on older one, with all sorts of programs installed already (he just did an update of his current installation), it didn’t run really smooth.

    So I’m looking forward to Monday/Tuesday. I will probably have it by then.

  15. I’m running mine on a G4 eMac … yep, 3 years old or more and she’s doing fine. Got Leopard yesterday and apart from the slowness as ‘back to my Mac’ started backing up onto my Firewire external hard drive, all’s well. Leopard looks and works beautifully, and I’m still discovering terrific features. Love file Cover Flow, Spaces, and Time Machine is like something out of Star Wars. There goes the weekend!

  16. We hope you enjoy Leopard. We will probably stick with Tiger for a while longer.

    However, we are sure Leopard would look really nice on our 24″ iMac… Sigh!

  17. Didn’t you load mail from the additional applications in the Leopard DVD?

  18. Leopard Rocks! I’ve had NO problems at all. For those of you who want to try it but don’t yet want to part with Tiger, partition your hard drive. I made 2 partitions on my MacBook Pro, kept Tiger on one and installed Leopard on the other. Things have gone SO WELL with Leopard that I’ve not switched back to Tiger at all. I should state here, up front, that I received a copy of Leopard 2 weeks ago to test out, so I’ve been running it for a couple weeks now and doing quite well. I LOVE IT!

  19. I just bought it last night, but because my disk drive is not working, I installed it with another computer, and mine in target disk mode!

    Hooray! It’s really cool. And I’m having the same Mail problems that you are :)

  20. I upgraded on Saturday with an archive and install and it worked perfectly. No issues. I wonder if you have plugins in Mail.app that are causing the mail problem.

    FYI: I have an early Intel iMac.

  21. eMacUser says: 10/31/2007 at 7:09 am

    Does any one able to install Leopard on eMac or unsupported Mac so far? How do you install it?

  22. I am glad to see that some of the annoyances that you first had with the OS have been ironed out. I love Mac OSX and everything Apple for that matter. I can’t wait to get Leopard on my MacBook Pro. Have you had any trouble with keeping all of your old apps and information running on the new OS?

  23. The only outstanding issues that I have are:
    1. Parallels is not playing well at all. I work with a MacBookPro in a Microsoft shop so the last week hasn’t been fun. Apparently, others are having issues as well in reading Parallels’ support forums.
    2. Firefox is slowwwwww in comparison to Safari. It’s as though Apple booby-trapped the browser!

    It’s an incredible upgrade, though. I still think it was worthwhile although the 2 issues above have been painful.

  24. chrisD Emac user says: 12/30/2007 at 6:03 pm

    hey Darren sounds kool how about an up date ? it’s been a while let us know how your emac is doing ? I’am geting my copy to day and try it on mine .

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