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Snow Leopard low down – my first days with 10.6

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Snow Leopard – the new upgrade to Apples 10.* operating system. Now its released I’m curious about what hoops i’ll need to get my LAMP stack working again when i upgrade.

Below is a list of resources i’ve found from what others have said.

PowerbookMedic’s Snow Leopard review

Engadgets review

Computer Shopper review

PHP 5.3

Installing macports under snow Leopard

Snow Leopard Vs Windows 7 review

Getting Snow Leopards PHP 5.3 to play with CakePHP 1.3

I’m heading off to our local Apple Store in Bristol today so will more than likely have a live install on my Mac by teatime.


So I’ve run the backup onto Time Machine and also ensured that everything else got safely copied onto my usb drive. I did this just on the offchance i’d have to do a clean install. Remember to back up items you’ve told Time Machine to ignore (thanks @tomgidden). Also deregister your iTunes.

Installer has run and brought me through to the registration screen. I can’t tell you about any introduction screens as I was away from the mac when i ran it.

Things I’ve discovered about 10.6

  1. Terminal is now able to split panes so you can read what you’ve typed previously in the top pane whilst you continue to type at the bottom.
  2. I’ve got a bit of hard drive space back. Not sure how much but i’ve definitely got a few more GB back as promised.
  3. My Address Book is now working. Its been broken since 10.5.6 or so and was crashing everytime I tried to open it.
  4. Holding a Click down on Dashboard items now brings up Expose. Clicking on individual applications tiles their open windows. Pressing spacebar on a tile brings it full screen. Very nice.
  5. Time Machine is backing up quicker. I’ve shifted a GB over wireless in the last 10mins which is much faster. When i did the first 70GB backup on 10.5 i recall it took nearly a day.
  6. Mail has now got means to connect to Exchange. This means hooking up to Google Apps will be a treat which should also bring in shared Calendars for iCal.
  7. QuickTime has jumped from 7.6.* to 10.*. I’m sure this is to keep the revision in line with Windows Media Player numbers. The interface has been improved and there is no longer a distinction between Pro and non Pro versions. Apparently QuickTime 7 Pro can also be installed alongside it which is nice for those who export from it (and had paid for the upgrade). The Trim functionality is much improved and resembles the video trim interface on the iPhone 3GS which is super simple to use.

Big Win!

  1. The upgrade from 10.5.* -> 10.6 appears to have left my MacPorts intact. I’ve rebooted Apache and started my Mysql server locally and my previously working apps still do. Fantastic.

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