by Edward Mendelson
After three intense days with Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5, I have three main things to say about it.
First: despite minor problems, it’s by far the best operating system ever written for the vast majority of consumers, with dozens of new features that have real practical value—like truly automated backups, preview images in folders, and notes and to-do lists integrated into the mail program. Propeller-heads with IT know-how will no doubt hold up Linux as the better choice, and Vista has its devotees as well(and will probably have more when SP1 is widely available), but, for the average user, Leopard is the most polished and easiest to use OS I’ve tested.
Second: Leopard still has a generous share of first-version glitches, some of which are merely annoying, and others of which can cause serious problems for anyone upgrading an existing system.
Finally, Leopard is extravagantly overdressed for the jobs that it’s designed to do. Don’t get me wrong, I really like it but the pervasive eye-candy starts out looking dazzling can become distracting.
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