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Initial Impressions about Mac OS Lion

22 July 2011 9 Comments

The latest version of Mac OS called Lion was launched on 20 July, 2011 which according to apple brings about 250 new features to the operating system, for upgrading to Lion you need to have the previous version of Mac OS X called Snow Leopard and use the App Store to download Lion It’s a 3.8 GB download, I have installed Lion on my Macbook Air and here are my initial impressions.

In the mean time after creating this video and in between writing this article I had some more time using Mac OS X Lion and now I like some of the new features that are incorporated in the OS, believe me or not I liked the Full screen apps functionality and for a portable computer like a laptop it makes a lot of sense, I frequently get distracted due to multiple windows open and the full screen app functionality helped me complete a task without getting distracted, I just do not know how it will look on a bigger monitor like a 23 or the 27″ monitor but for laptops it’s a great thing, something that I did not notice earlier is the new improved spotlight search which gives you a preview right there in spotlight which is really innovative and a time saver.

The other things like auto save and revisions are really cool but will know their true potential as time goes by but knowing that you would not lose work just coz you forgot to save a document that were working from a long time is a nice thing, the new Mail app is really good and like the overall layout which is much better, I have started to like the Mission control which is a combination of (Spaces + Expose) but I am still trying to get used to the new multi-touch gestures that have been added to Lion, I haven’t yet used the launch pad coz I feel the older way to launching apps is much faster but I guess it would be useful for people who are new to the Mac’s.

There are a lot of changes to the overall UI (User Interface) with Lion and I am sure you might love some features or hate some, will love to know what you feel about Lion if you have installed the same on your Macintosh do share you view in the comments section below.


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  • Sumit Gupta said:

    Hello Ranjit

    The new os from apple looks promising. By the way, why dont you do a video on various linux based distros like ubuntu, fedora, mint, zorin etc. Linux has come a long way from its geek friendly days in order to offer true gui experience to its users. They are certainly closer to mac than windows in look, feel and safety. Moreover they are free & even faster than most macs and don’t require a hardware upgrade. The driver support is also better than it has ever been. Your video might help many people in India to migrate to free, open source world from expensive, virus prone(or unlicensed, bug-prone) world.

    Regards
    Sumit Gupta

  • Ranjit said:

    Hi Sumit,

    IMHO linux is not yet there…… I feel right now it can’t be used as a primary OS I have Linux the Ubutu 11 version installed on one of my home machines actually it’s my daughters machine….. but her usage is limited only simple web-browsing and watching some videos files stored on the HDD and Linux Ubuntu serves her well…. as her needs are very limited, but IMHO linux is not yet there for generic computing their is still a lot of software that is not available on linux and if something breaks you need to know what you are doing linux otherwise you can do more damage than good…. still I hate to say its a geeks tool…. don’t get me wrong I have linux I love it infact our main servers from where this site is hosted is running on Linux but I would not use it for my personal desktop as the kind of softwares that I need are simply not there on linux……. linux servers yes they rock.

    Coming to Mac OS X I have been using Mac’s now for around 3 years been using Windows computer for the last 16 years or more from Windows 3.1 days but now I have just given up on windows as it was frustrated with entire windows experience and moved to the Mac what a difference in my computing…. you cannot appreciate a Mac unless you have used it…..

    I still have a Windows PC with me (running Windows 7) but I do not like working on that I feel Mac OS X is much more superior and friendly to use than Windows OS but again that is my opinion and as I frequently use both the OS…… again some people might like or have to use Windows PC coz not all kinds software are available for a Mac.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

  • Sumit Gupta said:

    Hello Ranjit

    Thanks for the nuanced reply. We have all been brought up on Windows, in fact its almost a part of our ethos. I never knew about Linux until very recently, though i had heard the word a number of times from my geek friends, never actually knew its meaning. About a year ago, i saw one of my friend running Ubuntu 10.10(latest at that time) on his Vaio. I was amazed at the slickness and customization options available. The names of applications were unfamiliar but their interface and ability were similar to that of windows apps (e.g.’libreoffice’ for ‘msoffice’, ‘rhythmbox’ for WMV). Some of the familiar apps like VLC, Skype were also seen. My friend was not even close to be called a geek which surprised me even further that why would he run a strange(but cool) OS instead of the familiar and inbuilt windows 7 premium. He then introduced me to the world of Linux.

    I tried to resist change initially (coz windows had been my religion since 90′s). But the options, interface, speed, safety, cost benefit offered by linux distros pulled me towards them. Mind you i am not a geek, not from the computer background, infact i am a medical professional. I have never used the terminal nor do i understand a letter from the script. So far my journey with linux has been great. I started with Ubuntu with a dual boot. Now i use Zorin 5.0 Core in my desktop as the only OS.

    More & more apps are getting linux versions and even more new linux apps are being created everyday. Most windows apps have their suitable replacements in the linux world. Few like Adobe Photoshop can be run with WINE. Only department lacking is the gaming as there are not enough compatible, high graphics games. And since you seem to be an Apple fanboy(hope u dont mind!), till date there’s no comfortable way of connecting an ipod with ‘full fuctionality’ to the linux.

    For a wide spectrum of users though, Linux does offer better functionality than windows and even mac in most respects and that too at zero cost. Have a look at ‘Fedora 15′ featuring Gnome 3. It looks more futuristic than any of the macs or the windows future concept. Also watch this video about windows vs linux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHCDU-CUoaQ
    Anyways, Sorry for the long post.

    Cheers
    Sumit Gupta

  • Ranjit said:

    Well Sumit… If you think I am a Mac fanboy don’t know why you call that just apart from Mac I do not use any other apple products I do not even have an iPod or use the iPhone in fact I use an Android phone coz I feel that the iPhone is just to restrictive I hate how apple tries to control the whole iOS environment yes I also own the iPad 1 but at that time there was no other alternatives tablet in the market and being a geek I tend to try and use new products…. but again I no longer use the iPad my wife uses it…. waiting for a good Android honeycomb tablet coz I like the openness of an Android device….. I feel they are just a bit expensive right now but in the next 2 quarters the pricing will come down drastically see what happened to Android phones.

    Coming to Linux yeah it’s good and okay if you use just office apps, web-browsing / email, WINE is not a solution you do not get native speeds with emulation software’s…. but if you are into media creation and needs apps like good photo-editing pls don’t talk about gimp…. or video editing software there is not much there in linux right now…. from where you can develop commercial quality content. I don’t say linux is growing but it will take still 5-6 years or more till major software vendors start developing native apps for linux….. once that happens thing will start moving ahead…. also as I was in the IT industry for quite a while the cost of software is not much but the time to support and maintain the same is more expensive.

    So running a windows / Mac machine right now in those terms require a lot less support / troubleshooting….. and believe me I know a lot about linux have been managing some dedicated linux server now for around 9 years and I do not use the fancy GUI we use command line terminals on linux everyday to maintain the server’s to do that so I know a lot about internals of linux and believe me if something goes wrong the file system or corruption which can happen in an home / office environment easily….. then you would need some one who knows about linux command line to fix things and your GUI interface will not help in those situation…. a linux admin skills might be required with a windows based system any one with little experience can help you easily to recover the data… as I said I am not a person who hates linux in fact I love it my bread-n-butter is due to servers that are running on linux…. but for generic use and as your sole desktop OS it’s not there yet.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

  • Sumit Gupta said:

    Hello Ranjit
    Sorry, about the ‘mac fanboy’ comment. It was made in zest. You obviously know much more than me or most people about software & technology. I respect your views and would be more cautious in future about recommending some1 to convert to linux. Thanks for your valuable inputs.
    Cheers
    Sumit

  • Ranjit said:

    Hi Sumit,

    I did not meant to offend you in any way or I am sorry if I was hard I enjoyed the other side of your story, my opinion is only have linux as your primary OS is not a good idea for a working professional there can be situations where they can get stuck due to the non-availability of the software he might need to run his business, or if a crash happens he might get stuck if he is not to tech savy….. but if you have a second PC in your home I would definitely suggest you to install linux on the same and use it… its much better than windows in some ways…. if you computing needs are limited to basic office suite and web internet access which is more than sufficient for 80% of the home audience.

    Infact the PC which is used by my daughter runs on Linux (Ubuntu) and when some guest ask for computer access I tell them to use that computer they get a bit surprised with Ubuntu at first but I launch firefox browser and they get there work done, generally it’s just email checking and facebook the good thing is that I have a peace of mind that they would not tinker much with that PC as it is running Linux.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

  • Sumit Gupta said:

    Hi Ranjit

    I was not offended by anything in the discussion nor did i mean to offend you. Hope you didn’t read any of my remarks as sarcasm.
    Its truly a privilege for me to be able to discuss computers & technology with such an adept person. Believe me, i really respect your views on technology and follow your videos avidly. There are not many Indian guys who are doing as good a job as you on this front, thats why i said in my first comment: ‘Your video might help many people in India to migrate to free, open source world’. I believe many people in India follow you like i do. Its always better to learn about new things from a person who takes the pain to explain them from scratch, just like you do.
    Infact, some of your videos convinced me to buy a DSLR and become a photography enthusiast. I recently ordered a Nikon D5100.

    Cheers
    Sumit Gupta

  • Ranjit said:

    Thanks again Sumit for your words of encouragement and appreciation, I am highly obliged, I will try to include a linux segment video some time in the future.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

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