2,000,000 Leopards on the loose!

Friday, October 26th at 6:00pm, Apple unleashed Leopard (OS X 10.5) on us…after about two years of development.

Since then, they have announced that they have shipped (either as sales or via Maintenance Agreements) 2,000,000 copies.. thats a lot of kitty kats on the loose.

I ran to my local Apple store, and grabbed my copy on release night.. then came running home to install it.

Completly ignoring all the ‘witch doctor’ advice that you receive from various Mac forums (stupid stuff like “never do the default upgrade”, repair permissions multiple times, disconnect peripherals, etc.. etc..) I booted from the install DVD and clicked the Upgrade button.. about 50 minutes later.. I was rebooting into all the Leopardy goodness I could handle.

First thing I noticed.. Apple decided to change my desktop background.  While I actually like the space shot background they chose for me.. I’m still not thinking they should go around changing backgrounds on people all willy nilly.

Desktop icons are much improved..Apple makes an effort to give the icon a much better representation of the item (text documents, show their formatting (paragraphs, etc) in the icon.. and if you squint real hard, you can even make out the text in some).

New icons are passed around (folders, System Preferences, and some others), and it looks pretty shiny.. I like the new dock’s appearance on the bottom, and think it looks worse on the sides.

Overall so far, I’m very impressed.. definitely worth the upgrade cost.  Ars Technica does their normally thorough review on it.