It works quite well with Terminal.
Let's say I have an office with 10 workstations. How do I upgrade? Do I have to create an iTunes account for each computer, and enter a company credit card number on each one? Can multiple iTunes accounts even share the same credit card number?
Perhaps I could get by with two accounts, since iTunes allows sharing on up to five Macs. But that's still far from an elegant solution, and it doesn't scale any better. And what about users who already have their workstations activated with their home iTunes accounts?
They say they're making Lion Server free and easily configured, and I'm hoping that they're integrating the App store components as well.
My biggest peeve is the download-only for the OS, as I have rather crappy internet access, and dread the thought of downloading a multi-GB update.
More often than not the installers and updaters decide unilaterally that a reboot is required and force the user to perform one when it's not needed.
I hope they've got a decent pause/resume system on the Mac App Store downloads.
Some also cache YouTube videos for this purpose, for example.
To respond, Apple has never had a problem re-implementing a 3rd party app and integrating it into the system, Dashboard is a classic example of this. It's a bit hostile towards 3rd party developers, but generally good for users (at least that's the argument).
Now if only they just did away with the optical drives on MBP's. I have used mine about... twice in three years since owning my current laptop.
Cheap eBay brackets are ~$20 and accomplish the same thing.
There are a couple of caveats--here's everything you need to know: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2493938
I see ~5.5 hours real-world use on a 15" MBP, and my development environment includes a virtualized XP install.
If Airs can do without the drive, there's no reason MBPs can't as well. They're running the same OS after all.
To address the concerns of re-installation, they're including a partition with the system install disk on it (which can get to Time Machine or whatever else you need).
On the other hand, regarding jumping from 10.5 to 10.7: would this require the purchase of a Snow Leopard DVD, so that 10.6 would be covered in-between? I'd be curious to know.
Internet Restore and Utilities
* Built into Lion:
OS X Lion includes a built-in restore partition, allowing you to repair or reinstall OS X without the need for discs.
* Browse the web with Safari:
Recovery mode now includes the Safari web browser, so you can check your email or browse the Apple Support site.
* Reinstall OS X:
OS X can be reinstalled on your Mac from recovery mode.
* Restore from a Time Machine backup:
Use recovery mode to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup.
This seems like it will be a total PITA. PC restore partitions I've worked with always had weird quirks (strange partition types, special MBR boot loader code) that make them hard to copy/move to a new drive successfully.
There might also be a way for you to put the installer on some drive. (There currently is one with the Developers Preview. It works just like the dmgs of older OS X discs and you can find it inside the App bundle of the installer you download in the App Store.)
I assume new computers will still come with the restore DVD or flash drive in the case of the Air. Sounds like the starting point to me.
So I have to install Snow Leopard, download and update to 10.6.7(?), and then download Lion?
That's a pretty horrible user experience.
I'm sure Macs without floppy drives were a terrible experience for people that relied on floppies.
How will having a shipped disk as an option ruin the experience of the majority? You analogy is flawed because floppy drives take up space and cost.
Nic Cage's hair is a bird, my analogy was flawed.
Maybe they will have a disk or other back up option, who knows but I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't.
Apple distributes combo updates that will take you straight from a base 10.6 install to 10.6.7. You don't play the goofy multiple-version update game.
Edit: I think App Store will download the DMG to a known location so people can create backups.
Hmm.. it wouldn't be too hard for them to include a bootable set of disk utilities with your time machine back up. But did they?
I hate having to wait for answers.
Unless they are removing the disk image from the production release (unlikely).
Use Carbon Copy Cloner to backup / prepare for system upgrade.
I think Apple has thought of some solution, we just don’t know it yet. It’s an interesting question.
I know that for certain fields, such as multimedia, apple offers a lot, but with new offerings such as Gnome 3, a mature KDE 4, and Ubuntu's unity, for the standard desktop user or developer for that matter, I argue that Linux should enthrall and for one of the first times the difference in price tag isn't the only plus. Stability, Safety and polish are quickly becoming relevant keywords for Linux desktops.
Although the new Unity and Gnome Shell may lack the stability, you can always fall back on the watertight Gnome default desktop.
I am not here to declare that Linux on the desktop is beyond these offerings, I am far more realistic and believe more in the fact that its prevalence in other markets (embedded among others) is where the true potential is.
I hope a normal DVD will be available on the quiet.
You can now resize a window from any side or corner.
Interesting that they did finally do this. And without adding huge-ass borders to everything...
The server edition of 10.6 was $500 and distinct from the $29 regular edition so I am expecting a separate paid download to be required...
The upgrade path for existing Server users is Snow Leopard Server to Lion, then Lion to Lion Server.
When you first log in to your Google, Yahoo!, or AOL accounts in Safari, you’ll have the option to use them with Mail, iCal, Address Book, iChat, and other applications on your Mac."
Thats pretty smart to keep Mail.app relevant in the web age! (I hope it handles "guest" logins on the web gracefully though!)
 http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/06/wwdc-2011-liveblog-steve-..., Ctrl+F for "reboots"
I am better there is still one single reboot to start up the new kernel and whatnot. Although I can't find any details on it.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the underlying file system format and everything to do file semantics as documented in the Win32 API.
For a more technical explanation see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inode
I have a Core Duo-powered Mini and am in the same boat. That said, my Mini is at least five years old, and I don't think it's at all unreasonable for Apple to focus their limited resources on more modern machines. Besides, my Mini is running Tiger in a data center, so I'm not losing any sleep over not being to run full-screen apps on it. ;)
The other updates/features are looking solid too. Well worth the $29.99.
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Anyone else surprised by how many hugely popular apps Apple is going to kill with new Lion/iOS? Instapaper built-into Safari now, all kinds of messanger apps killed by iMessage, some of those photo apps going down the drain as well, Reminders app is a huge one as well. All targeting really popular app categories.
Sure, some people care about thing X being done supremely well and will still pay for some apps. But the huge majority will probably be really fine with Apples version.
Aaron evolved into Kaleidoscope. A general purpose shareware theme manager that was met with enthusiasm by the Mac community. Kaleidoscope was synonymous with themes on Mac OS.
By the time OS 8.5 rolled around Apple introduced Appearance Manager. Which was no more than a total rip off of Kaleidoscope. Apple engineers even wrote an internal utility that would convert Kaleidoscope themes into Appearance Manager themes.
The shareware author got zero credit. Zero money. He just got ripped off by Apple. In the end, though, Appearance Manager never took off. It was a combination of Kaleidoscope's momentum and the taint of Appearance Manager that kept theme authors from adopting it.
EDIT: I also add the story of Konfabulator, written later by some of the same people that did Kaleidoscope. Konfabulator was also ripped off by Apple in the form of Dashboard.
That's not a case of Apple stealing good design though, that's a case of them buying an Audion competitor.
I'm sure Marco would have been far happier if Apple had bought instapaper. Or TapTapTap if Apple had bought Camera+.
Hell, that would have been rather cool, it could have given third-party developers an interesting incentive: build something Apple will want to integrate in their core OS, and they'll buy you wholesale.
He lives by Apple's rule and Apple can take away his business at any time. However, he is making a good living of that system and is happy with that.
Apple's alternate themes, as well as all the third-party ones, were visually distracting enough to be nearly unusable anyway. I really can't blame them for dropping the feature.
Antler Notes vs. Stickies (System 7.5):
Seems as relevant as in 2004. Choice quotes:
"What’s the argument that Apple has done something wrong? That if a third-party developer does something first, Apple should never step on that developer’s toes? Ever? No matter if Apple is already working on something similar but better? No matter if Apple can provide a significantly better implementation? No matter if it’s something that would be a natural fit as an official component of the OS?"
"I am not advocating that Apple mindlessly trample on independent Mac developers — what I’m saying is that Apple cannot be afraid to improve the Mac OS as best it can, even if that means going places where small indie developers have gone first."
I know, it'll be like the great Safari massacre all over again, where Apple singlehandedly drove Firefox and Chrome to stop releasing Mac versions. Not to mention the Day When Email Apps' Blood Ran Like Water In The Streets, when everyone stopped using Exchange and Gmail because Apple released Mail.app.
And don't even talk to me about what iChat did to Skype. I can't bear to think of it....
Then I got a Mac, and pointed iTunes at my music without backing it up first (because, after all iTunes was an MP3 player, and why would it write to my MP3 collection?!). Oops. Later I found that there was some import option I shouldn't have checked, and iTunes happily moved all my MP3s from their well-sorted folder structure into "Unknown Artist - Unknown Album - Unknown Title". Yay.
Even when I eventually got some software that would use a music database to figure out what tracks were, there were a distressing number of tracks that it couldn't identify (hundreds), and of the ones it could, it mostly did so in a very literal way, such that I have a lot of folders like "Movie Soundtrack - Artist Name" with a single track inside.
Could I fix all this? Of course. Eventually. Can you tell I'm still, eight years later, extremely angry at iTunes?
Now I just listen to Pandora. Screw it.
And about the single track folders, tick "part of a compilation" in info box will do the trick.
Keep listen to Pandora while it last.
If you listen to your music in a rigid way where folders works fine then obviously iTunes and other music management software are of no use to you. But you are not typical.
Is this really common? I might be out of touch, but I doubt anyone really uses this.
Any given Indian movie corresponds to an 'album' of songs. However, each song can in the album have a different set of artistes associated with it. Hell, sometimes there are multiple composers within the same movie's soundtrack. And Indian movie soundtracks are more tightly coupled than "Western" movie OST albums, so you can't just treat them as an independent collection of songs either. (Indians typically identify songs first with the movies they appeared in, rather than the composer or performer)
Basically, a majority of Indian movies are musicals - and a simple folder structure is just not enough to deal with such a collection of music!
1) All songs from the movie
2) All songs by the composer(s) (or 'music director')
3) All songs by the singer(s)
...with other edge cases like a specific combination of composer and singer, the decade of movie release, genre or even by the movie director.
ID3 tags and smart playlists are a frickin boon to managing a large set of Indian film music!
If you are into pop music, there are easy examples as well. Sometimes I need all the dance music, other times I only want dance music that are retro, or dance music from certain group etc. Folders will never be as flexible.
Yeah, nobody would want to use those. They especially wouldn't want to build a playlist on the fly with their ipod.
iOS devices all have to ability to create playlist on the fly to.
But building playlist without proper ID3 info can get tedious real quick and endless playlist building is not a solution to the problem of quickly populating a queue on a whim.
The classics don't. It is the single feature that has me using a 3rd party firmware.
>endless playlist building is not a solution to the problem of quickly populating a queue on a whim
Of course it isn't, but browsing to a song/artist/album and being able to say "append to end of playlist" or "insert into queue next" are simple operations that are very friendly on a portable device, and once I had the ability to do so I couldn't go back.
Seems like a great time for that to kick in is just before posting the second comment.
They fired a salvo at a lot of companies!
The music part of iCloud seems very similar to Google Music. I tried their Beta but was very unimpressed. Perhaps Apple will get it right. I'm not holding my breath though ... there is a lot of complexity (software and contactual) under the hood. I'll believe it when I see it.
The photo parts of iCloud are awesome! I can't wait to use it on my next vacation. If I damage my phone/camera or fill up my SD card, this might be s useful feature. Data roaming charges will likely make this less useful for International trips but oh well. It seems this would hurt dropbox.
The Twitter integration seems like an aggressive move against Facebook. Not sure how tight this integration will be for the average non-tech person.
Personally, I don't care. At first, this is good for users. But I wonder why they are willing to hurt the ecosystem longterm with such actions. And that would be bad for users, too.
With the new notifications: http://photos.macrumorslive.com/p/2011-06-06/f1307382511.jpg
That's actually the fairest case by far, as they basically "bought" the project through its lead dev.
Ask yourself if your business and interest would exist if the smartphones didn't exist. Then assume that it doesn't exist tomorrow because someone decided that a license is changed, decided that they didn't want to approve your app or decide to stamp on your turf. Your world will collapse.
Part of business is planning and resilience. It's something most Apple developers have not realised yet which is why so many of them are going to get canned by Apple over the next few years. This is purely down to being unrealistic, inexperienced and cash hungry.
The whole smartphone/cloud platform thing going on at the moment is a seriously harmful process both for business (in the long term) and computing as a whole. It seems to be based wholly on vendor profiteering and quick wins rather than genuine progress.
A pretty flawed apples to oranges comparison. OS X is more similar to bios updates... you buy the hardware, the vendor makes money off it and gives away the software. With Microsoft, you're paying the OEM money for the hardware(with razor thin margins usually but that's another story), so Microsoft doesn't make bank on expensive hardware and upgrades to RAM/HDD/CPU that Apple makes.
Edit: Not to mention that 10.5 to 10.7 is not upgradeable, you have to buy and install 10.6 first, install the App Store and then install 10.7. Windows 7 may not be upgradeable directly from XP without a format, but atleast you don't have to but and upgrade to Vista first!
So long as there is an available bootable partition/disk - you can install Windows 7 and leave the XP installation intact and create a dual boot system. It's not something Microsoft tries to explain to the average consumer, but it's pretty much painless.
Interesting side thought here (at least to me). MS has traditionally done very well selling to the larger enterprise market. As the headcount in those orgs go down, will MS' influence drop? Newer people coming in will probably have come from smaller orgs where MS is less prevalent, and when there's overall fewer people at an org, there's fewer people to influence/market to.
I tell a lie. I had/have an Ultimate Vista that I won at a local user group raffle. I've installed it, but in virtual machines, which I've lost a couple times. Getting it re set up by going through the 'call up and get reactivated' is always a pain. :(
Most smaller orgs just buy machines and live with what is on them these days and only tech-focused companies seem to care what they run. The entire NHS (UK's free health system) seems to run on Windows 2000 and XP quite happily still because that's what the machines came with at the time.
I get an incremental OS update every day for free. It's called apt-get. After you've done it every day for nearly 15 years, it gets a little old...
What's next, a central Mac software repository? (Oh yeah, "the Mac app store". Innovation!)