What do you think? Should I dump MacOS Lion?

Summary:Apple's MacOS Lion upgrade appears to have downgraded my ability to back up my files. Should I dump it and go back to Snow Leapord?

I downloaded and installed MacOS Lion on a couple of my production systems and have been mostly happy with the performance. Apple decided to make a few changes to the user interface that have made the system harder to use as a platform for web browsing and replaced the Samba file server software with something of Apple's own creation.

I'm able to deal with the user interface changes even though it causes me to grumble whenever I want to back up a page on the web.

Dropping Samba, however, has caused me no end of trouble. All of my production systems used to connect to a Dlink file server using the server message block (SMB) protocol to back up and share files with one another. The Apple systems accomplished this feat using Samba. Apple's own file server software won't connect with the device and tells me that it isn't supported.

Since Lion appears not to properly support SMB and I need to back up my files to the file server, I'm faced with the choice of dumping Lion and reloading Snow Leopard or figuring out how to make Lion work with the SMB-based file server. What do you think I should do?

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple


Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He is responsible for research, publications, and operations. Mr. Kusnetzky has been involved with information technology since the late 1970s. Mr. Kusnetzky has been responsible for research operations at the 451 Group; corporate and... Full Bio

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