What's Up With the 'Smaller Footprint' thingy?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ThE.MeSsEnGeR, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2009
    Caracas, Venezuela
    That's my question: What's Up With the 'Smaller Footprint' thingy?! why does it free up space...? it might sound dumm but well i had to know...

    but i noticed an awkward thing just now, yesterday i was checking SL's features and where it says 'Smaller footprint' it said:

    and today i happened to cross by that page again, and i saw this:

    I Mean, since they started advertising that SL will free up space they've always said 6GB... but just now it turned 7GB....?:confused::confused:
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    It's from moving to Intel from PowerPC. They gutted the older stuff that was there for compatibility. They also revamped some of the code bases in the pre-installed apps (iChat, iTunes, etc.).
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  4. kymac macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2006
    wow.. hopefully its not a new feature that automatically finds and deletes 1 gig of your existing files to look more impressive as an operating system!
  5. tekio macrumors regular

    May 31, 2009
    Apple should reword that, if I removed 7gb from my leopard install there would be nothing left.
  6. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I'm guessing they free 7GB from a FULL install of Leopard (aka every printer driver, languages etc.)

    But yeah, Snow Leopard will take up less space on your computer. That space can then be used for more stuff. I'm not complaining :)
  7. Sayer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    There may be some new filesystem-level compression goin on behind the scenes. I thought I read that was a future addition, not sure if its the source of some savings or the removal of PowerPC stuff that explains all of the space savings tho.

    Or maybe Snow Leopard doesn't install *all* of the printer drivers and third-party print utilities for every possible make and model. That stuff takes up a TON of space, its needed only once or twice, they get outdated quickly and can be pulled down over the Internet in seconds these days.
  8. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    I'm pretty sure it's all from removing the PPC stuff. Xslimmer has saved me almost 6GB from my apps by removing the PPC & Other languages. They probably cleaned up some of the code, and revised different things to save space where they could. I'm 99.99% sure it's nothing important. :p

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