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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard initial thoughts

Beyond the initial Mac OS X Leopard preview noise would be the immediate availability of Safari for Windows, which teased a comment out of me earlier today:

“I get the feeling Apple aren’t so much interested in the market share, but more the out-reach thing to make their (up-coming?) services work better under Windows.

Also, there’s the annoyance / disruptive element. Getting right under the skins of Messrs. Gates & Balmer would be sure to place smiles on certain high-ranking faces at Apple…”

I’ve never been entirely won over by Safari (Safari 3 beta available for download right now) and I just don’t see enough good reasons to switch away from Firefox, which seems to be destined to pick up some more Mac UI smarts later when it too hits the big three point oh.

As for Mac OS X 10.5 a.k.a “Leopard”

Why no tabs in the new Finder? On the plus side, I’m very much pleased to see the left-hand panel of Mail, iTunes and the Finder coming together.

I think Apple could have gone faux 3D, with windows fading as they ‘disappear’ backwards, similar to Time Machine. What with most people being familiar with 3d games, it’s not an alien concept.

Glad to see ‘Piles’ making an appearance. Better late than never, eh?

For those not as familiar with Apple’s dark & distant past, Piles was Apple’s name for what we now know as Stacks, which is an ad hoc method of managing and sorting your stuff.

I’m also very impressed with Time Machine. That’s the kind of thinking that separates Apple from the other guys; taking the mundane, burdensome and chore-like and turning it into something that’s a pleasure to use.

And as for Spaces – it’s about damn time! How long as this been available on Unix / Linux?

For me, Leopard is a much more significant update than Tiger ever was, which still remains a disappointment for me.

So I’m feeling a little relieved, given my previous concerns about what Mac OS X 10.5 might amount to

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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