You know, after installing Snow Leopard in my MacBook I was pretty happy with the results at first … The upgrade cleared quite a lot of free space plus the bootup is pretty fast. I was impressed because I think that the speed is better than in Leopard. There is just one huge problem though. My battery runs out of power pretty fast. Even though it is not yet almost 0%, it sometimes turns itself off because the power ran out. So weird! Plus the message displayed to you regarding the battery info would be Condition: Replace Soon.
This is a known glitch and it is a pretty big glitch to me. Apple said they are doing a fix for this but the wait seems to irk me a bit. Who knows, it might ruin my battery because of it. It is not like Apply will replace it right? The warranty had expired already so poor me if this keeps up. I hope they will release a fix soon. I thought Snow Leopard is great but I am keeping my positive feedbacks for now until they fix this problem.
After upgrading from Leopard to Snow Leopard, I came across a popup message that mentions installing Rosetta. First time I have heard about it with regards to Mac OS. So what is Rosetta? It is actually an optional installation in the Snow Leopard Mac OS installer which occupies quite a small file size (around 2MB) and is actually used to run PPC applications in an Intel based laptop or desktop.
A common case is Microsoft Office 2008. If you already have it installed prior to upgrading to Snow Leopard, then you do not have problems. You can freely run Microsoft Office applications anytime. But, if you wish to re-install it again, Rosetta would be needed as the installer is a PowerPC application.
Having Rosetta in your system does not seem to degrade system performance. It only runs when it is needed so no worries about it running in the background all the time.
Finally installed Mac OSX’s latest operating system called Snow Leopard. I just did an upgrade because I do not want to fresh install it from scratch since I already have lots of files in place and I do not want to transfer them to another folder to back it up then have them transferred again to my laptop. At least if I had two partitions it would have been alright but my hard disk drive only has one partition and I have never attempted to divide it, so there.
So what can I say about Snow Leopard so far? Well, the look and feel is kept intact like it is just the same operating system to me. It is obvious that most of the changes, upgrades and improvements lie within the operating system’s core and functionalities. I noticed that the speed on how applications run and do their work is significantly faster than before. Really.
I was told that the JDK (Java Development Kit) version for Snow Leopard is 1.6 while any old version of JDK will be removed. I believe my friend was right. My free space jumped to 10GIG more. Seems that any old versions will be removed. That is pretty dandy. It just sucks though because my favorite Aquarium screensaver cannot be used in Snow Leopard. Other than that, I think performance is pretty good and the improvement is worth it. Any of you who ain’t still Snow Leopard, upgrade now ;).