Pre-order Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on

Pre-order Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on

Summary: You can now pre-order Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on


You can now pre-order Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on  A single user license costs $129 while a 5-license family pack is a bargain at $199.

According to Apple this update contains over 300 changes and enhancements, including the Time machine automated backup tool, Spaces virtual desktops and Spotlight searches across multiple machines.  I have to admit that I'm kinda looking forward to taking Leopard for a spin once it's released - who knows, it might even push me over the edge and make me buy my own Mac ... maybe.

If you're planning to upgrade to Leopard, which new feature are you looking forward to the most and why?

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  • Don't forget educational discounts

    If you have a family member in qualified schools then the price drops
    nicely. I paid $150 for the family pack, making a full version (not an
    upgrade) costing $30 for each of the 5 Macs in the family - plus sales

    If you're thinking of switching to a Mac when Leopard is released be
    prepared to spend a little bit of time to understand the differences
    between Macs & PCs. Macs are, as far as this 63 year old is
    concerned, a lot easier to use than PCs simply because Apple has
    focused on making it easy to use. There are, however, sufficient
    differences to spend time going over OS X with a friend or salesman
    who knows what they are talking about. Getting a manual for
    reference is also a good idea. Few people read them, but they are
    used half a dozen times or so when you get started.

    Also spend some time looking at what is available on the software
    side. There are plenty of lists, like the one on Apple's web site, but I
    like - an ad free listing of about
    18,000 OS X apps. It'll give you a good idea of what will be available
    to play/work with if you decide to buy.

    Then, of course, check out Parallels site to see all of the OSs you can
    run virtually, including OS 2 and Solaris if you want. People only
    think of it as a way to run Windows, but it's a lot more than that
  • Looking forward to productivity integration

    iCal, Mail integration is what I'm looking forward to. These enhanced client apps in
    conjunction with server updates, which have mostly not been discussed, will add a
    tremendous boast to productivity. There are some new server features, by the way, which will
    definitely get a lot of attention for their quality.

    I'm also looking forward to Time Machine backups to 802.11n hosted Airdisks.
  • Slippery Slope

    Purchase of a Mac is a slippery slope. It's a sign you've voted with your dollars. It
    opens the door to secondary Mac usage. That opens the door to primary Mac
    usage. Primary usage makes you a tacit advocate for the platform and this means
    you can't ask your clients with broken PCs to do as you say but not as you do.
    Endorsing vertical integration will cause the fix-it-yourself business to dry up.
    Nothing left to fix. This new vendor accountability means that, short of dropping
    it, hardware issues fall within warranty. Hardware/software incompatibility slows
    to a trickle. "Over the edge?" Ya, no kidding.

    So please, say it ain't so.

    Endorsing vertical integration with your own money, also flies in the face of past
    criticisms of Apple's "closed" platform. The very same talking points that we hear
    from PC parrots far and wide. "Apple limits choice". The one company that is
    offering a viable commercial alternative to Windows... these are the guys who limit
    your choice. Not all major OEM brands that "recommend" Windows. No, this is only
    a recommendation. Not Microsoft, that polices it's property with WAC, and sends
    license thugs to nab transgressors. No, It's always been Apple. Apple, even though
    they have never been your "choice" have, by virtue of their draconian business
    model, reached out and tainted your exemplary PC experience.

    Why not continue to ignore that choice is only as good as the criteria by which it's
    made? Hasn't it been working? After a 10 year long steady parade of (numerous?)
    PCs across your bows, and a career that revolves around the PC ecosystem, please
    say this new thing ain't so. Please tell us that reasonable people are not capable of
    turning into robe swaddled, kool-aid soaked cultists.

    Your eyes have been dazzled by the hyptastic buzzwords like "time machine" or
    "spaces". You've been seduced by the chanting. So listen, I feel it's my duty as one
    of those foamy-mouthed nutbars, to offer myself as the reason that you shouldn't
    buy a Mac. Yes it's true, I've reversed my position. I want you to not buy one for
    reasons that you have alluded to in the past. Because of Apple users, or even just
    a few "zealots" like me. I want you to give us such unprecedented power that we
    serve to influence your decision with our lies and hyperbole. I hope that isn't too
    much to ask.

    Truth be told, after some of the trite hatchet jobs that you've offered up lately, I'll
    speak on behalf of all the stupid rich when I say, buddy, you don't deserve one.
    Harry Bardal
    • No matter how much you blather on...

      Linux is always the better alternative to Windows than OSX will [b]ever[/b] be. Sorry. :(

      [i]The one company that is offering a viable commercial alternative to Windows...[/i]
      • I bet you'll be salivating over that cat :-)

        If you have any common sense that is, because it's so many years ahead of anything
        Microsoft or the Linux community have to offer today and for years to come.

        And no, it's not because of some features as Adrian think, but the whole experience
        with a personal computer which is actually a joy to use, not that constant
        walletdraining and timeconsuming headache Windows PCs can be.
      • More power to it

        Perhaps it is a better alternative, but it is not formally competing. No more so than
        a library competes with a bookstore anyway. I see the open source movement and
        Linux, as an aspect of the public trust. A given distro may have commercial
        aspirations (or not), but only another commercial enterprise can monetize and
        compete at a high level with another commercial enterprise.

        Apple's strategy to build on top of open source gives us the best of both worlds. It
        contributes code back to Darwin, and Konqeror. It expands both the public
        foundation and the proprietary tower. You get both the alphabet and the poetry.

        All my arguments have used Apple as a foil to lobby for market sanity. These
        arguments are inclusive of Windows and Linux. I use both competing platforms,
        this is not some vendetta. The notion that my comments are some kind of rabid
        coup attempt is completely wrong. Being constructively critical of Windows yields
        nothing more than band-aids to Windows problems. The same is true of Apple or
        Linux. To be constructively critical of an imbalanced market however, is to re-
        ignite real competition and restore some balance.

        The choice of Apple is seen by many to restrict further choice. All of the platforms
        do this to one extent or another. This is not the point. The point is that
        impediments to that initial open market choice between platforms leads to the
        atrophy of real choice. It leads to the establishment of a platform based economy
        that is not truly open or truly competitive. Simply put, it leads to technological

        It really doesn't matter what you think of Apple's business model or their gear, or
        their attitude. This is the company most capable of restoring market balance,
        fostering emergent technology, and incubating other players. If you truly like
        choice, put away the dogmatic fantasy of an impending Apple monopoly. It won't
        happen. It can't without broad licensing, and Apple has not been prepared to do
        that. This is the largest irony and this is the impasse many including you have yet
        to fully understand.

        To many who operate within and endorse a real monopoly in Microsoft. This
        "closed" stance is anathema to essential consumer freedoms. Nothing could be
        further from the truth. This is about coexistence. This never stopped being about
        coexistence. The greatest victory of the Windows platform was perceptual. It
        espoused a simplistic world view, but the fact was open was never open, and
        closed was never closed. People are starting to wrap their heads around this, but
        they still need assurances that Steve Jobs won't eat their children.

        You could go a long way to dispel past rhetoric rather than further contribute to it.
        More power to Linux, just don't ask it to exhibit the growth rate that Apple has
        shown. This pendulum is swinging back sharply because it had gone too far over
        to begin with. Let's both agree that a more balanced landscape can lead to
        emergent players and new technologies that we haven't even imagined yet. Many
        of them will come from OSS. The future may hold much more than just Apple
        Microsoft and Linux, but a push is needed to get us out of this single platform rut.
        Both Apple and Linux have their shoulders to this, and this is why you won't ever
        hear me decry Linux or it's users. We'll have to agree to disagree about the rest.
        Harry Bardal
      • I'd never make such a forecast or statement

        Being a user of Linux, Windows XP and a non user of Mac, I'd never post your one liner as it really can't be truthfully supported. I don't believe Linux will always be a better alternative than OSx as I have been exposed to several commercial or full versions of Linux as well as Ubuntu Live CD. I like linux, some better than others and I found the commercial versions to be a fuller, more complete version as opposed to the free downloadable versions. With all the versions, I've found they all lack the flexibility and versatility that Mac's new OSx has. Even Vista with all it's flavours and platforms fall short in both graphical interface and reliability. This is not to say Vista won't improve because it has to, no doubt, no choice, no options but it may not improve fast enough to warrant anyone to buy it as a needed OS. I said need, not want. I will always like Linux but I'm avoiding all the distros that have signed an agreement with Microsoft as I believe they made a huge error in judgement which I won't support any longer. Xandros, SuSE and one other have all signed agreements. I think Debian will be my next Linux distro as it seems as though it was good enough for all other debian based distro to go with including SuSE and Xandros to mention a few. To say Mac will "never" be better than linux is just a forecast nobody could accurately give without reservations as never is like always, pure speculation that is somewhat irresponsible in saying.
    • Brilliant! [NT]

  • This is a non Mac user opinion, nothing more

    I've been using Windows since MS DOS and bought every version of it with a few exceptions. I have tried Linux, all commercial versions with the exception of Ubuntu which was a live CD disk which I bought for 10 dollars. First, I've never used a Mac mainly because of the cost factor so I have no reason to blow anything out of proportion with my opinion of Mac's Leopard OSx. Since it's not out yet, demos were the only thing I'm able to base this opinion on and it is a nice one. I think Mac has a very solid OS that goes past where Vista left off. I have no doubt that I will be buying a Mac as I've relented to it for the following reasons. This Leopard OSx is a very high end OS with a lot of flexibility in how you want to configure it to work for you. Unlike Windows, it doesn't come with a ridiculous set of preconceived conditions layed out in it's terms and conditions of it's license agreement. NO, activation, verification, with no end in sight and although I do not envision Mac's Leopard OSx as perfect, it's an OS that inspires me to buy, try and use it even though the learning curve may be longer. It's reliable, free of MS security issues, never ending patching, 3rd party software support and additional costs that are continually escalating.
    If for no other reason, the lack of having to jump through Microsoft hoops will be a breath of fresh air. Vista will become a good OS but Microsoft will never become a good company as long as it forces people to manage their piracy, software verification and activation procedures. This is wrong and I've had enough.