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Mac OS X "Leopard" to Hit Stores Oct. 26
Yahoo! Tech ^ | 10/16/2007 | Ben Patterson

Posted on 10/16/2007 12:13:12 PM PDT by abt87

Bumped from its slated June launch date thanks to the frantic scramble to finish the iPhone, the latest version of Mac OS X is finally ready for its close-up. Apple announced today that "Leopard" will bound into stores next Friday, complete with a revamped desktop, a new backup feature, and more ways to inspect your file folders.

The Apple Store is already taking preorders for Mac OS X v10.5, which will go on sale at 6 p.m. on October 26. Expect to shell out $130 for a single-user license, or $200 for a five-user family pack. Also keep in mind that the system requirements for Leopard are pretty hefty this time around: those with Intel systems should be OK, but PowerPC users will need at least an 867MHz G4 processor with 512MB of RAM. Sorry, G3 users—looks like Mac OS 10.4 is the end of the line for you.

Many of the changes in Leopard look more like tweaks than full-scale innovations. The Dock, for instance, is now glossy and foreshortened, and it has a new feature: Stacks, which are Dock items that spring up with files and folders when clicked. The Finder, meanwhile, adds a revamped folder sidebar that organizes system items into Devices, Shared, and Places; even better, you'll be able to browse your files using Cover Flow from iTunes. Nice, but not exactly mind-blowing.

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1 posted on 10/16/2007 12:13:14 PM PDT by abt87
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2 posted on 10/16/2007 12:18:20 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: abt87

Bleh, as long as I have Quicksilver (and Colibri on Win) who needs a new OS!


3 posted on 10/16/2007 12:20:11 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: ari-freedom

I’m surprised that they don’t move on to OS 11 (or “OS XI”). The technological difference between Tiger and Leopard is probably about the same as the different between OS 7, 8 and 9.
Then again, it might not make good marketing to abandon the “X” portion.


4 posted on 10/16/2007 12:20:46 PM PDT by abt87 (Liberals aren't stupid...they can still beat Koko the monkey in chess)
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To: ari-freedom

Preordered today. Leopard is worth it for Time Machine alone.

I wonder what the marketshare for OS X is among conservatives. Apple (and by Apple, I mean Steve Jobs) has leftist leanings, but the company has been pretty apolitical in its modern (post-iMac) era. Well, at least apolitical enough to avoid boycotts and backlash. Plus, they stood up to those Greenpeace wackos when they got unduly smeared.

I have nothing against Windows (I use it at work) or Linux (I use it on my home server), but I prefer OS X as my daily personal operating system.


5 posted on 10/16/2007 12:23:03 PM PDT by SomeReasonableDude (Back it up.)
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To: abt87
Sorry, G3 users—looks like Mac OS 10.4 is the end of the line for you.

Damm. Now I have an excuse to get a new Mac...

6 posted on 10/16/2007 12:28:07 PM PDT by null and void (Lib-uh-rulz can't foresee even the clearest consequences to their actions...)
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To: ECM; abt87
Bleh, as long as I have Quicksilver (and Colibri on Win) who needs a new OS!"

On a related note, the Spotlight improvements are significant. Boolean, networked searches will come in handy since I offload a lot of stuff to my shared drives.

Then again, it might not make good marketing to abandon the “X” portion.

Excellent point. I prefer the up-front point upgrade system instead of arbitrary numbering or things like 'XP' (no offense, Windows XP). XP still had numerical versioning (I think it was 5.1 or something along those lines) and I believe Vista is the same, though it may not be as easy to find as it was for XP. It gives you a better sense as to how these operating systems upgrades are an evolutionary (sorry, creationists) process and a greater understanding of massive overhauls like Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X.
7 posted on 10/16/2007 12:32:04 PM PDT by SomeReasonableDude (Back it up.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


8 posted on 10/16/2007 12:36:09 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: SomeReasonableDude

Steve Jobs and Apple lean left? Well knock me over with a feather.

I’ll bet the majority of all Apple users lean left also.

I find it odd and sad that people identify with machines.

I wonder if people identify with their toasters or coffee makers the same as they do with their computers or motorcycles?

I doubt anyone has a jacket with a logo of a Braun coffee maker or Sunbeam waffle iron on the back.


9 posted on 10/16/2007 12:38:49 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: garyhope
I find it odd and sad that people identify with machines.

Aaaaagreed!

10 posted on 10/16/2007 12:41:19 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: null and void

Mine`s not quite that old but I just bought the 20” Imac 2.4 machine today,after registering it was already on my Linksys so I ran software updates.

15 friggin updates required.Looks about 360 MB total.

A person on dial-up would take a week to get em all


11 posted on 10/16/2007 12:44:00 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil ( I want to go peaceably in my sleep like my friend,not screaming like his passengers.)
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To: SomeReasonableDude

I’ve got three Macs in constant use and one Windows XP box, and I hate using the PC when I have to.

Even programs that are cross-platform compatible, like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, FileMaker Pro and Dreamweaver, are far easier to use on the Mac, due to OSX’s ease of use and its font utilization.

Ed


12 posted on 10/16/2007 12:50:16 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: SomeReasonableDude

I don’t understand why computer choices have to be so political.


13 posted on 10/16/2007 12:57:29 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: garyhope

At the end of the day, it’s only a tool. It’s an OS, not a reigion. Or a cult.

But I could be wrong on that last one.


14 posted on 10/16/2007 1:03:28 PM PDT by Noumenon ("A communist is someone who reads Marx. An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx." Reagan)
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To: ari-freedom

Feh. More eye candy but thats about it. I am very happy with Vista Business 64 bit. Apple is nothing but hype.

Besides, who wants to put more money in the pocket of ultra-liberal weasel Steve Jobs? And his flunky Algore who sits on the Apple board.


15 posted on 10/16/2007 1:05:49 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: garyhope

Microsoft leans just as far left as Apple. Do a search on Opensecrets.org for Microsoft employee contributions for evidence.

There are a lot of fanboys for any tech product. I think it comes from internalizing the justification for spending thousands on a fancy computer.


16 posted on 10/16/2007 1:09:31 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: garyhope

“I’ll bet the majority of all Apple users lean left also.”

It’s more of an age and income thing than anything else. Young, professional conservatives rock the MacBook from my college and work experience.


17 posted on 10/16/2007 1:10:10 PM PDT by SomeReasonableDude (Back it up.)
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To: Astronaut
Feh. More eye candy but thats about it.

That 'eye candy' often has quite a bit of utility. Expose is a perfect example - it's a feature I can't do without when I'm doing some serious multitasking with a million windows open. Time Machine, Spaces, Finder improvements including Quick Look, the much-improved Preview, the long-overdue feature additions to Spotlight, the developer tools (DTrace + Instruments = !!!), the tweaks to AirPort, upgrades to Mail, Safari, iChat, iCal, Boot Camp, Address Book, the big overhaul of Automator, the new Dashboard features including Web Clip, the spring-loaded Dock, the system-wide grammar and pronunciation tools and most of the interface tweaks (except for the glass menu bar and glowing Dock open program indicator) is a lot for $129. Aside from the new stuff, Leopard is building on a strong foundation. OS X is built around a solid BSD/Unix core with some fantastic interface and programming layers constructed around it. The platform has some great software, especially with the small-business level development community. Vista Business is a fine operating system and all, but it's pretty stupid to dismiss OS X as something trivial or worthless. It's a mature, solid operating system that has given Windows a serious run for its money in terms of quality since 10.3.
18 posted on 10/16/2007 1:23:58 PM PDT by SomeReasonableDude (Back it up.)
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To: Astronaut

you’re happy with vista? hmm I’m on vista right now.
speaking of eyecandy I really don’t like the smudged window titlebars.

I don’t understand why mac doesn’t have text in the “dock” so that you instantly know what is what


19 posted on 10/16/2007 1:27:50 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: garyhope

People use Apples because they started out with them and PCs feel awkward. Many Apple users have learning-curve issues. But artists generally prefer Apples, even when their art businesses make them use PCs.


20 posted on 10/16/2007 1:28:12 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: garyhope
I’ll bet the majority of all Apple users lean left also.

Not this one...
21 posted on 10/16/2007 1:33:56 PM PDT by rock_lobsta (It's October... Buy Popcorn from a Scout!)
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To: rock_lobsta; garyhope

Or this one.


22 posted on 10/16/2007 1:37:51 PM PDT by Buckhead (making the comments buckhead won't make.)
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To: abt87
Cool! Mac OSX Leopard Ping!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

23 posted on 10/16/2007 1:38:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: abt87
Cool! Mac OSX Leopard Ping!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 10/16/2007 1:38:26 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Swordmaker

I think you have a ping list for Mac stuff.......


25 posted on 10/16/2007 1:47:41 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: ari-freedom
I don’t understand why mac doesn’t have text in the “dock” so that you instantly know what is what

Just place the cursor over the icons, if you want to see the text...

I've been a Mac fan for 20 years (got my first Mac SE in 1987) and will never touch a PC for home use so long as the Mac OS is available. I don't care what the political leanings are of those who design the Mac and the software. The things work great.

Though I keep using the older hardware and software as long as I can, and only upgrade when absolutely necessary. Still using 10.3.9 on this g4/1.25 dualie. The new iMac has 10.4.10, but in no hurry to upgrade that, either.

Actually, the best way to buy Macs is to wait until the "latest and greatest" is announced, and then buy a closeout at cut-rate prices. You're only "one generation back" and someone else can pay the premium pricing.

Same with the OS. Now that 10.4 is coming out, the price of 10.4 system software disks should drop through the floor. I'll pick one up on ebay and upgrade this one from 10.3 to 10.4...

- John

26 posted on 10/16/2007 1:53:26 PM PDT by Fishrrman
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To: Fishrrman

Just place the cursor over the icons, if you want to see the text...
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but that slows me down


27 posted on 10/16/2007 1:58:21 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: abt87

I guess I’m good with 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo and 2 GB 667 Mhz of SDRAM.... sweet!


28 posted on 10/16/2007 2:03:06 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: garyhope
"Howdy Doodly doo, I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?"


29 posted on 10/16/2007 2:06:53 PM PDT by null and void (Lib-uh-rulz can't foresee even the clearest consequences to their actions...)
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To: rock_lobsta
Apple users lean left....bwahahahaha.. check out my page. I used IBM for about 15 years and finally last November after hard drive disaster went to MacBook Pro.

I only miss the gaming, Palm software and some banking/hospital networks on a virtual network. I can use my wife's machine for that.

It's just amazing that "everything works" on this machine.

I'm thinking that Leopard will correct some of those as Bootcamp did.

The guy who earlier stated that it's a tool is correct. Just like a hammer....that works.

30 posted on 10/16/2007 2:10:44 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Sir_Ed

do you have computer games on your macs...?


31 posted on 10/16/2007 2:12:27 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Dick Vomer

I have two computer games I bought a long time ago for my PC. Doom and Quake, they’re kinda fun, I play them maybe once a month for a few minutes.

I also bought Myst years ago and quickly got bored!

Ed


32 posted on 10/16/2007 2:48:45 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: MediaMole

“Microsoft leans just as far left as Apple”

You’re probably right, that MS the corp and it’s owners and employees lean left, but I think probably a majority of PC users lean right. Know what I mean? But of course as Dennis Miller says, “ That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.”


33 posted on 10/16/2007 3:46:07 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: garyhope
Steve Jobs and Apple lean left? Well knock me over with a feather.

Yeah, unlike that arch-conservative Bill Gates, who spends his free time hanging out with Bill Clinton and Bono.

Just about every pioneer in desktop computers was a hippie at heart. That was the driving force -- power to the people. Take computers, once the exclusive franchise of big companies, and give them to everyone.

34 posted on 10/16/2007 4:15:45 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: Fishrrman
Actually, the best way to buy Macs is to wait until the "latest and greatest" is announced, and then buy a closeout at cut-rate prices. You're only "one generation back" and someone else can pay the premium pricing.

That's how I got my G4/867/Superdrive. When it was phased out, when the next generation was announced, I got a factory refurb. I did the same with my G3 iBook, which I'm still using.

I broke the rule when I got the dual-core Mini that's my current alpha Mac. I wanted Intel, because I wanted to be able to run Windows in Boot Camp or Parallels. I'm building a fair number of Web pages these days, and I want to be able to preview them in Windows browsers, since that's what most folks are stuck using.

35 posted on 10/16/2007 4:22:13 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: ari-freedom
I agree, but many things besides computer platforms are politicized these days.

Is it just me or has the left politicized everything.

I think there’s more and greater (to state the obvious) polarization today than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime (and I’m OLD!)

Many things that shouldn’t be philosophically politicized are.

There's a greater divide than ever in life and not just in the US. It’s worldwide.

It would be interesting to see what terms are used to describe this polarization, but that itself, would probably be labeled with the usual terms, “racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe, etc., etc.”,...the usual suspects.

36 posted on 10/16/2007 5:17:10 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: ReignOfError

Well, Michael Dell and Carly Fiorina are Republicans, but other than that, Silicon Valley seems to either lean to the left or toward libertarianism for some. While Jobs is generally a lib, he isn’t a bleeding heart one. While he featured Gore on Apple’s front page (Gore is on the board, so it’s about sucking up to one of the company’s main figures) he did blow off Greenpeace and the teacher’s unions over the last few months.


37 posted on 10/16/2007 5:53:53 PM PDT by abt87 (Liberals aren't stupid...they can still beat Koko the monkey in chess)
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To: garyhope

Well, since Windows makes up 90-95% of the market, people on both the right and left are predominately PC users. Mac users are more present on the left than on our side, but even there they’re still in the minority.


38 posted on 10/16/2007 5:56:54 PM PDT by abt87 (Liberals aren't stupid...they can still beat Koko the monkey in chess)
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To: 1234; 50mm; 6SJ7; Abundy; Action-America; af_vet_rr; afnamvet; akatel; Alexander Rubin; Amadeo; ...
A blog that is somewhat dismissive of the new features of Leopard... PING!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

39 posted on 10/16/2007 6:44:56 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: abt87
Then again, it might not make good marketing to abandon the “X” portion.

In OSX, the X also represents uniX...

40 posted on 10/16/2007 6:52:53 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: null and void
Damm. Now I have an excuse to get a new Mac...

Tough. Just suck it up and do it... the pain won't last long.

41 posted on 10/16/2007 6:54:05 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: Swordmaker

I’ll try to force myself...


42 posted on 10/16/2007 6:57:38 PM PDT by null and void (Lib-uh-rulz can't foresee even the clearest consequences to their actions...)
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To: ShadowAce

43 posted on 10/16/2007 6:59:21 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Astronaut
Besides, who wants to put more money in the pocket of ultra-liberal weasel Steve Jobs? And his flunky Algore who sits on the Apple board.

That's OK. Put your money in the pockets of ultra-liberal Bill Gates. And his flunky Steve Ballmer who sits in the CEO chair at Microsoft.

44 posted on 10/16/2007 7:06:35 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: garyhope

Does Bill Gates lean left?

Silly!


45 posted on 10/16/2007 7:09:58 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: Mamzelle
People use Apples because they started out with them and PCs feel awkward. Many Apple users have learning-curve issues. But artists generally prefer Apples, even when their art businesses make them use PCs.

At least half of all Mac users are ex-Windows users who have made an informed choice of the better platform.

The fact is that almost ALL Mac users are also users of Windows... and as a result are better informed of the relative merits of each platform than are Windows users, who in the most part, have never touched a Mac.

46 posted on 10/16/2007 7:13:29 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: Swordmaker

“who in the most part, have never touched a Mac.”

I’ve “touched” and used Mac’s and they’re not that much better and have just as many use issues or problems as Windows PC’s. And until they got Intel CPU’s were slower than most PC’s.


47 posted on 10/16/2007 7:16:53 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: Ben Hecks
I think you have a ping list for Mac stuff.......

Sure do... Now 280 Freepers strong. Wanna join?

Also I posted another article on this earlier this AM:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1912010/posts

48 posted on 10/16/2007 7:19:11 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: garyhope
I wonder if people identify with their toasters or coffee makers the same as they do with their computers or motorcycles?

God, I'll be shunned. O the horror. I was gifted today with a Starbucks stainless steel coffee mug and a pre-ordered family pack copy of 10.5 Leopard. Gasp!

49 posted on 10/16/2007 7:22:31 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: null and void

The 24” iMac will blow you away.


50 posted on 10/16/2007 7:24:48 PM PDT by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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