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Upgrading to Mac OS-X 10.5 "Leopard"

Last night I upgraded to Leopard. I was a little frightened, because you know, things don't always go as planned. Especially if you consider that I use my MacBook Pro for music production, in addition to software development in two languages (java and ruby).

So how did it go?

I opted for an "Upgrade" option because the thought of re-installing 200Gb of Native Instruments plug-ins and sample libraries was not very appealing as you might imagine. NI web site suggested not to upgrade until they verify all applications by December, but I decided to bite the bullet and go for it anyway. Someone's gotta do it :)

So far - I must admit, I haven't seen a single hitch. Upgrade took about an hour (even though Installer at first reported it will take 4!!), and things seem to be running smoothly.

Here's a list of applications I have verified to work on my system:
  • Eclipse IDE, Aptana IDE, IntelliJ IDEA (7.0.1 and 6.0.5), TextMate
  • Fetch, PostgreSQL, Resin 3
  • ruby 1.8.6 (my previous installation in /usr/local/ruby-1.8.6), ruby 1.8.6 (installed with Leopard in /usr/bin/ruby)
  • Photoshop CS, Acrobat Reader, Omni Graffle, MS Office 2004
  • Audium, Twitterific, iChat
  • Firefox, Safari (obviously), Opera
  • QuickTime, iPhoto, iPhotoLibrary, AddresBook, Toast 8
  • Logic Pro 7, Live Lite 6, Reason 3.0.5
  • Native Instruments Komplete 4 (Kontakt, Reaktor, Absynth, FM8)
My hardware:
  • MacBook Pro (Intel) 2.4Ghz with 2Gb of RAM

I'll add more to the list as I am going through and discovering things, but so far I am pretty pleased with how smooth this upgrade was.

What was your experience - especially if you did an upgrade?

Update, November 10th 2007

I've been using Leopard since the upgrade, everything is running smoothly, even my Native Instruments and Waves plugins. All of my Logic projects opened up as they did before. Yay!

I love the Stacks feature, which actually is a really nice way to unclutter your Desktop. I've been long waiting for a clean way to access folders efficiently from the Dock, and this totally hits the bill. I drag folders containing other folders, and it turns into a nice little menu.

Spaces seems cool, but I never remember to use it. Maybe once I get used to it...


Unknown said…
Hey there K,

David Earl here. This warms my heart. I was debating whether to upgrade or not, and it seems from your post that this may be a good plan. I already updated my MB Pro, now I'm eyeing my G5 dual 2.3 and the prospect of having Leopard on it is almost too much!
Buschwhacker said…
I've been afraid to upgrade out of fear that I'll totally screw up my computer, which would be tragic, since I have my entire business set up on it.

I have a Mac Book and a G5, so I'll do the upgrade on the Mac Book first, and if it doesn't totally crash, I'll tackle the G5.

Thanks for your reassurance. :)

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