Snow Leopard: Should You Get it?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Burnsey, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Burnsey macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    I thought I'd post my impressions of Snow Leopard for those who are still contemplating making the move to it. I've been using it for two days now and I did an erase and install on my 3 year old Macbook Pro (specs in sig).

    First off, the original Leopard and I never really got off to a good start, and overtime that OS became really bloated, slow and buggy for me. For example, Safari would take at least 3 minutes to become responsive after launch. After launching it would just bounce up and down about 7 times and then finally load. Then I was presented with a blank page as it tried to load my homepage (google), after loading the home page I got the beachball and then finally it would become responsive. All of this was accompanied by the noise of my HD working away madly. Don't even get me started in Firefox.

    System preferences was also quite slow, 3-4 bounces, and nearly a minute to become responsive. The finder would open but take about 10 seconds to populate the window. Spotlight was also quite laggy.

    Leopard also took me 1 minute and 30 seconds on average to boot, after which I would have to launch the above programs and wait for them to load. So you can imagine I was getting quite frustrated with Leopard.

    Snow Leopard
    I read a lot of the complaints on here before taking the plunge, but a clean install of a lighter, faster OS was too tempting to resist.

    My initial impressions of Snow Leopard are very positive. My computer now feels and performs better than new. Safari, the Finder, System Prefs, all open instantly, everything is very responsive, graphics are very smooth, disk space activity has gone down.

    Snow Leopard shuts down a couple of seconds faster than Leopard, and wakes up from sleep much faster (almost instantly), but boot up times are where I noticed the most improvement. It now takes less than 30 seconds from power button pressed to desktop, and when the desktop loads everything is responsive and fast, including the applications above. I am VERY happy with the performance increase.

    I have some minor gripes though, one is expose. Expose in "all windows" mode is a downgrade from Leopard. Placing windows in a grid and making them all the same size as well as adding the minimized windows makes finding a window more difficult.

    I also dislike the purple Apple has used to highlight the menu items in the dock, as well as to border spotlight.

    Overall I am very happy and satisfied with the decision, I have noticed no major bugs (none of the ones reported here), the install was quick (30 mins) and trouble free, and everything is much much faster and smoother. I would recommend Snow Leopard.
  2. Burnsey thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    Ok, I got my first kernel panic today, wasn't doing much, just listening to itunes and using apple Mail. Hopefully it wont happen again but it really undermined the confidence I had in the stability of the OS.
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Now that iStat Menu 2.0 is out I'm a happy camper. I just wish I could have list view when searching for images.

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  4. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    How would that work? List view works on the bases that that items are in the same location – while a search pulls items from every-which-where.
  5. avenjamin macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2009
    I think you guys mean "Column View". The icon highlighted in the image is the "Column View" icon.:)

    Column View could work fine in a search based situtation. Just 2 columns needed.
    The first with the files found. The second with the file preview+details shown as per normal.
  6. borcanm macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2008
    You made a good decision going with SL. Im also happy with SL although I had to install it twice because it was still very slow when i just upgraded Leopard, compared to a clean install.
  7. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    What machine did you first upgrade and then do clean install on?
  8. beg_ne macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    It's likely that Apple doesn't support Column view because it wouldn't make much sense to return search results and then have to have the user searching for the files they are looking for through the various folder hierarchies that are returned.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    No idea. Only got it 13 days ago.

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