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  • 5.0 stars

    "A great evolution of a great OS"

    July 21, 2011  |   By myles taylor

    Pros

    Simple, easy to use interface that makes common tasks more simple

    Cons

    Sad that there is no legacy support. Needs to be more installation options.

    Summary

    I've been using Lion since the Gold Master and it's been quite interesting. The biggest frustration so far has been third party apps that don't work but that frustration will disappear as developers update their applications.

    I want to address the complaint about PPC applications. While it was frustrating, even for me, (our POS is PPC) I see no reason for Apple to continue to support PPC. It's been over 5 years since the upgrade to Intel and any developer who has not bothered to update their apps in that time need to get on the ball (and certainly shouldn't be getting your money). That said, I have a lot of old PPC games that are no longer supported and it's sad that those won't work. I'm most likely going to have a 10.6 partition that lets me do things like that.

    The App Store only model is both welcome and frustrating. For one thing, I have having to use a disc for anything these days. I avoid games the require you to keep a disc in there to play them. So I love the whole App Store model and the fact that you can download a major OS upgrade is phenomenal! However, they need to give us other install options. There needs to be a Lion "fresh install" option without first having Snow Leopard installed. It's the future for sure, but some of still like to be able to do things the old way if we like. This is where Apple's all or nothing approach, while doing it's best to hasten a new and improved way of doing things, gets a little frustrating sometimes. Also there is currently no way to upgrade from 10.4 or 10.5 since they are discontinuing the SL discs.

    For those who are used to scrolling the old way, it's definitely going to take some getting used to. You CAN switch back to the old way of doing things though. Just change that in preferences. Once I got used to it though, it was much more intuitive.

    I don't understand CNet's gripes about Lauchpad as it's one of my favorite features. I've already organized my apps and love the whole look and feel of it.

    Overall, it's a great upgrade that will take a little getting used to. Definitely worth $30!

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