Leopard and Tiger on same machine - looking for suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bimmi, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Bimmi macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    This old G5 of mine will be getting its first-ever OS reinstall in the next week or so, and it will be somewhat uncharted territory for me. I am finally going to take the plunge with Leopard, but I want to keep Tiger just in case the new cat and I don't get along.

    My main concern is how to best allot drive space for the two OSes*. Putting OS X and OS 9 on the same machine was easy, since OS 9 took up a fairly small and predictable amount of space. Given that Leopard and Tiger apparently need separate versions of many apps and utes, however, I do not feel comfortable putting one or the other on a small partition and crossing fingers that I never run out of room.

    On the other hand, I do not want to wind up with lots of wasted, difficult-to-use space, and I want to avoid cumulative file redundancy wherever possible. I don't really use OS X's built-in folders to store my documents, and all my applications currently live in the global apps folder as opposed to my Home folder.

    A few specific questions:

    – What's the best way to keep personal OS settings and info (mail, bookmarks, etc.) synchronized across both OSes?

    – if I update Adobe CS3 to run with Leopard, will it still function on Tiger? or will I need two copies of everything?

    – Is putting both OSes on the same partition doable? If so, is it a good idea?

    – Is Leopard ready for prime time yet? It sounded pretty awful at first, but I'm way past due taking the leap (whether it becomes my daily-use OS is another story)

    So, anyone have any sage advice on the matter? Would be much appreciated.

    *The internal drive setup will likely be 1TB for the main drive and 400GB for the secondary.
  2. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.

    1) NO & HELL NO!

    2) Yes, been using it since day one & has only gotten better with each update. However, as always, YMMV :p
  3. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    There is nothing wrong with Leopard. It's been very stable for a long time coming now. I'd suggest getting more memory, but other than that, even a backup then straight upgrade would be fine.
  4. yoppie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    Come on and join the party. Leopard is a pretty stable release and has been for awhile.
  5. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    After playing around with Leopard for a bit I am absolutely astounded at how ugly it is.

    I guess, barring any advice, that I will just install an OS on each drive and hope for the best.
  6. tolerance42 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    I was talking with an Applecare rep a few months ago...I believe 10.5.4 had just come out...she told me to hold off until "Snow Leopard" came out. I haven't actually tried 10.5, so I can't say too much, but I'm running Tiger right now and it's running just fine, so it's really a matter of preference I suppose.
  7. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  8. Wireless Buddy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I totally agree. Apple really dropped the ball with Leopard's astetics. Leopard may have lots of "cool new features" but it's truely butt ugly haha.

    Who thought it was a good idea to make the menu bar look the way it does? :confused:

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