With two days to go until Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is released and developers are still working to make sure that their applications are compatible with the new OS.
According to snowleopard.wikidot.com there are a whole raft of applications that either flat out don't work, or just don't work right. Listed as not working are Photoshop Elements, Google Gears, Adobe CS2 (Adobe doesn't officially support CS3 on Snow Leopard either UPDATE - Latest in from John Nack, principal Photoshop manager at Adobe, "It turns out that the Photoshop team has tested Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard, and to the best of our knowledge, PS CS3 works fine on Snow Leopard."), RealVNC and Parallels 3.0.
Given Apple's secrecy, its hard to tell who's to blame here. have developers had enough time with the 10.6 code to ensure compatibility, or are developers getting lazy and choosing to wait until the OS is out before working out the kinks? Whoever is to blame, misbehaving apps could tarnish Apple in the same way that problems which plagued Vista during the early days inflicted long-lasting damage to the OS's reputation.
If you rely on your Mac then I'd offer you the same upgrade advice that I'd give to Windows users - test, test, test some more, and then hope for the best but plan for the worse! Oh, and take care!
At least Microsoft makes betas and release candidate versions of new operating systems available for everyone to be able to test.
So, who's planning on upgrading his Friday?