Herewith notes on the Leopard experience. It’s been reviewed to death but here are a couple of things I haven’t seen noted elsewhere; perhaps helpful to people wondering whether to jump. [Update: A couple of pleasant surprises, plus I’m assembling the bugs I observe here.]
Ssh-agent Just Works ·
Wow, I originally had my ssh setup more or less unchanged since 2003, but
no longer. As of now, just type
ssh whoever@wherever, and the
first time, if you’ve got the keys in place, it pops up and asks you for your
passphrase and whether or not you’d like that in the Keychain. After that,
no more passwords.
Bug List · Most of these have been reported; mostly here as Google fodder so other people will perhaps not feel so alone.
If you have it set to ask for password on wake-from-sleep, sometimes the password dialog comes up without focus, or mysteriously loses focus halfway through your password.
Several people have observed that with my early-vintage Airport Extreme WiFi station, when the computer wakes from sleep it often doesn’t find the network. Turning your Airport quickly off and on usually fixes that.
Spaces and NetBeans interact toxically. This could be a bug in Spaces or Java or Swing or NetBeans.
My Griffin Powermate stopped working. I can still control individual apps, but the global volume control is hosed.
Look & Feel · Lots of people have gripes and they seem well-founded, but it works pretty well for me. I’ve always been a dock-on-the-side guy, and don’t keep folders there, and always have a dark screen background. So for me the new see-through Dock comes out looking pretty nice. The dark background also works well with the translucent menu-bar.
In general, I like the cool grey window dressing and the folder glyphs and the new bits and pieces of trim all over the place.
Time Machine · Yeah, seems like it should be great, assuming it works, but are those space-opera graphics ever dorky.
[Update:] Here’s how I’m using it; this is just a report, not a suggestion, because it’s early days yet. I work here and there around the house, and on the road, but when I’m not traveling I have a regular ordinary desk I sit behind. That disk now has the current 500G LaCie drive sitting permanently on it behind where the laptop goes, so I can’t see it. I’ve added the drive to the USB hub so it gets plugged in by default in the morning. I’m a little worried that these outboard drives aren’t built to run all day every day, so I turn it on in the morning, and then off a couple of hours later when Time Machine has had a chance to do its thing.
Spaces · I’ve only been using this for a day, but so far it works great. I have all my communication apps on the main space. Then I have Lightroom in the next one over, full-screen, no menus or anything, and NetBeans in the next. Both Lightroom and NetBeans make excellent use of the real estate, and both are the kind of thing where it’s a big advantage to have all the communication stuff hidden away where it can’t disrupt the flow.
There’s a bug, though: I can’t select NetBeans.app in the Spaces preference pane to tie it to a particular space. Flipping over there and starting it seems to have about the same effect, so no biggie.
Used to be, when I clicked on a
whatever, this klunky “Unstuffer” application would wake up, unpack, then
ask me if I wanted to update it. Now there’s this little dinky yellow thing
pops up just for a moment, enough faster that I’ve never actually got around
to looking at it closely.
A few years back, if you’d told me that I’d be using a GUI to unpack tarballs, I would have laughed at you.
FileVault · I dunno. It’s always seemed like a high-risk thing, and it wastes disk space, and it slows certain things down. I should probably turn it back on.
But it occurs to me, that pretty well all the really confidential stuff is
~/Library/Mail; I’m wondering if there’s a good way to use
hdiutil or some such to encrypt just that.
Safer · I now get a confirm dialogue when I hit “Empty Trash”. This will make me pause for a moment and think, and I just know it’ll save me grief somewhere down the road.
Spotlight · It’s fixed! For years, I haven’t been able to search the full text of my mail messages. Now I can. This is good.