Leopard suffers the post release blues

Leopard suffers the post release blues

Summary: A few weeks ago I wondered (out loud) about how Leopard would be received by the masses. Like Vista is long awaited, like Vista the launch was delayed, and like Vista, I got the impression that Apple rushed a bit to get it out of the door because the Mac fanboys were getting restless. Leopard debuted to some really glowing reviews written by some of Apple's biggest and most widely read fanboys, but now that the OS is in the hands the people that really matter, the feedback is far from glowing.

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A few weeks ago I wondered (out loud) about how Leopard would be received by the masses.  Like Vista it's long awaited, like Vista the launch was delayed, and like Vista, I got the impression that Apple rushed a bit to get it out of the door because the Mac fanboys were getting restless.  Leopard debuted to some really glowing reviews written by some of Apple's biggest and most widely read fanboys, but now that the OS is in the hands the people that really matter, the feedback is far from glowing.  

I have to admit that I'm surprised and a little shocked at the types of bugs affecting Leopard, not to mention the volume of people that appear to be affectedNow, I Leopard suffers the post release bluescould begin by throwing the same stuff at the Mac crowd that they threw at the Microsoft crowd when Vista was released: "Who beta tested this stuff?"  "Only a fool buys software before waiting for the bugs to be shaken out."  "Your OS sucks, mine's brilliant."  Yada yada yada ... But I'm not going to.  I know that no amount of beta testing can shake all the bugs from something as complex as a new OS (and I speak as someone who's got tens of thousands of hours of experience running beta software and who has spotted and submitted countless bugs over the years).  The beta stage is nothing more than a way to pick off the largest, most obvious bugs.  As operating systems become larger and more complex, so the number of bugs will increase, and that's true of code written by Apple, Microsoft, or the open source community.  Once the software is out and in the hands of the end users (notorious for not using things the way that they were intended to be used), from that point on the order of the day is damage limitation.

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That said, I have to admit that I'm surprised and a little shocked at the types of bugs affecting Leopard, not to mention the volume of people that appear to be affected.  I expected a few random issues, along with a few minor bugs splattered here and there, but I certainly didn't dream that I would be reading widespread reports of BSODs (Blue Screens of Death, usually associated with Windows boxes), crashes and severe performance issues.  There's also a pretty major flaw affecting FileVault too.  Many of these issues affect those upgrading over the top of their existing OS, but others are reporting similar issues with clean installs.

Oh, and let's not forget the new Mac Trojan.  This isn't getting a lot of press but it's pretty significant because it's the first time that a professional malware group has targeted Mac users.  Remember, these guys are only following the money.

Some Apple users are so frustrated that they are considering going down the same road that some Vista users have gone down - and reverting back to the previous version of the OS.

Now I'm going to be honest and say that I've not seen any of these bugs that people are talking about.  Partly that's down to my Mac being a clean install running nothing but the Mac OS, but I'm also sure that it's down to me and the fact that I'm not using it to anywhere close to its full potential.  I'm hoping that updates are released before any of this stuff becomes an issue for me.

For an operating system that goes so far to promote ease of use and reliability, these issues currently plaguing Leopard could have an adverse effect on how the OS is received by the wider community.  If these problems aren't addressed promptly Leopard could end up with the same tagline as Vista - Stick with your current OS and wait for the next version.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • The Trojan also affects Tiger

    so that's not a reason to hold off on upgrading.
    crgray
    • Right you are.

      You are lucky you have a Apple OS. Just think of the MS fanboys and girls who have Trogents a la Vista + hardware drivers that can't get along with Vista.
      ajv123
  • As soon as the word 'Fanboy' is used, I stop reading.

    It indicates a lack of the one thing a journalist must have:

    An open mind...
    BitTwiddler
    • Nothing wrong with stating the OBVIOUS.

      ;-)
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Obvious? Really?

        I mean I've seen people call Adrian a MS shill and a MAC Fanboy
        depending on what he's written. I think this article is a bit over hyped
        but time will tell. Most of the so called issues don't seem to be all
        that but then again that makes me sound very much like the many
        Vista fanboys that have strived to give the pro spin on Vista issues
        over these past few months. What I would like too see is how long it
        takes to iron this out. Is it over hype? Is it real? How can I tell?
        Honestly people who don't own Leopard, or even use a Mac can make
        a complaint on-line there is not way to determine honesty and true to
        life experiences is there? I do believe there have been some issues
        but I have no idea the percentage that have been effected. Adrian
        says he has not had those issues. To my knowledge at least 4 co-
        workers who have installed it on Mac Pro's, iMac's and a Mac Mini
        have not either. Some of these machines are production machines at
        work and others are home machines each with unique set's of
        software installed. Some using things like Parallels and EyeTV Hybrid.
        Again I think a few more weeks maybe a month would be the better
        test of this......

        Pagan jim
        Laff
        • This was an ugly upgrade

          I got the blue screen of death. That's unsanity's fault, so I don't blame Apple for that. I also got a corrupt finder, but that was my fault for hacking the OS; I don't blame Apple for that.

          But I also got the disappearing volumes bug, and that IS Apple's fault.
          frgough
          • heh heh heh ...two out of 3 ain't bad I'm told...:P

            Still what is it about the disapearing volumes thing? Might it be related
            to other things? Why did it not happen to my co-workers? Is it a hit or
            miss failure?

            Pagan jim
            Laff
          • It could be related to the other two

            Since I had to do a force restart and the word is the missing volumes is because the installer is running a disk check. It's still a bug, though, because Apple failed to provide feedback. At least in Tiger the volumes show up instantly as washed out icons with a message telling you the system is looking for valid drives to install on.
            frgough
          • Those are the same questions

            that Vista users who have installed and working w/o a problem have been asking same. Although, if you recall as I noticed you in the Vista blogs asking said, when do you just call it quits and say this won't work and scrap said, after 3 months, so you know how vicious the Mac and linux folks were on said OS. I'm not saying your post was one of said vicious, just that you were at said blog. <br>
            I dare say Every single person that posted no problems was pounced upon as a liar or a shill about said situation. It was that bad in said blogs.. <br><br>
            Meanwhile it annoyed me to see said behavior over and over and I would stand up for those people as I've seen over a dozen Vista machines go out w/o a hint of said problems here at this magical place....it's really not but I'm led to believe I'm either lying or one of FEW said places..perhaps you work at a magical shop too!!!! <br><br>
            But I've never seen a childish post on Vista, which abound even today on the blog about Vista's great success and how it's picking up momentum and business adoption, it which said post affected me personally. For example, i would never post to said poster and make it a personal thing, that is to say, me say to said, I can only take a child kicking the back of seat so long before I act, then tell said how childish he is and how Vista crowd has much stronger posts of said posts. I don't go that far because the post was not directed at me. It was not a reply to my post. It had nothing to do with me personally, so you can see why said post would not drive me to be personally involved. I think that is why the worldwide claims of said behaviour by users of said OS from Cupertino. <br><br>


            Funny how the Windows users are the strongest of them all however, since they know the attacks are hyped or flat out lies in many cases, or just silly childish attacks of envy, even the ones who try to hide their windows bashing behind a milder approach, but nonetheless still same said bashing. You will notice Vista blogs a few people protecting Vista but not at a personal level. Never do they go that far. <br>
            By and large windows folks are more than willing to say Windows is not perfect by any stretch, as i've said, said, many times. <br>
            I don't protect her like the queen, but will post for fun now and then....who hasn't. I'd call them out on that one cause said would know they have too. But said will also know that they do not have to read said posters posts, so getting personally angry over a post that doesn't have to be read, is not really a healthy or professional behavior of said.
            xuniL_z
          • Emotion versus Logic

            I have noticed this pattern too. Apple appeals to people's emotions. A macintosh is not a tool or device to mac users, it is their little buddy which defines them as people. Therefore to them, finding a fault in their computer means you have found a fault in their character. When people feel weakness in who they are you must expect them to respond in an emotional way rather than rational. This is why when you insult a mac user's computer, they will retaliate by insulting you. It seems kind of childish for people to covet inanimate objects this way but it is common with this particular brand, especially on this forum.
            toddo12
          • Re: those are the same questions

            Could people please post in *English/American*? As a non-native speaker of 'said' I
            have difficulties comprehending jargon. Thank you
            mandehu@...
          • English....sure thing, that was not

            how I normally post at all. Long story.
            It goes back to some other posts made by the prior poster earlier in a different blog is all...i didn't expect anyone would understand it.
            xuniL_z
          • Really?

            You are on the wrong plateform. Better buy Vista, lots of opportunity to get to know the many ways things can and will go wrong. And forget about geting any usefull support from the likes of HP, Dell, Acer or who ever. Better yet build your own than you get to chose your hardware, this you can only learn by buying a branded PC first and slogging through self support for years to know what works and what does not.
            ajv123
          • Spewing venom on the wrong person

            I'm a switcher. I know OS X is a better OS. That doesn't change the fact this was an ugly upgrade. Pretty sloppy work for Cupertino. Just because it's better than Vista is no excuse. There is no pride in your defense being "yeah, but we suck less."
            frgough
          • thats not a bug...

            disappearing volumes "bug" is not a bug at all... Its working the way it was meant to work... its just not explaining itself very well, so its bad at being use friendly, but it is not a bug.
            doh123
          • Hacking...

            This is why I stopped hacking my OS. The upside just isn't there when the bad things
            start to happen.

            I big hack in Tiger was Candy Bar...

            Oooooooo... :-)
            macpipkin
        • Paranoic are we?

          "Honestly people who don't own Leopard, or even use a Mac can make
          a complaint on-line there is not way to determine honesty and true to life experiences is there?"

          Do YOU have the time to post fake issues on a message board? I mean, come on, that's getting a little paranoic.
          esszakacs@...
          • ...

            A more accurate use would be paranoid. Paranoid is an exhibition of paranoia. Both paranoic and paranoiac ("he is a paranoic/paranoiac") refer to a person afflicted with paranoia, and does not define an action. Paranoic is also archaic/deprecated.

            And yes, this person seems to have issues.
            Spiritusindomit@...
    • You should have stopped

      You should have stopped 20 years ago. Journalism died long ago. the leading edge of computing is not Windows based.
      ajv123
    • yes, but...

      You've mistaken a writer for a journalist. Most of the information glut (aka "the crap") on the Internet is generated by writers who are not professional journalists. They're not objective. And, they apparently have no access to grammar and spell checking tools.
      josephmartins