Mac OS 10.7 Lion Review
I have been using the developer preview of Lion for a few weeks now and I have just installed the GM release and I have to say visually Lion is no different then Snow Leopard but I see many improvements. I really like the multitouch gestures on both the magic mouse and the touchpad. Everyone of them is useful and I already find myself using them on a regular basis. Right now Crossover isn’t working but I’m sure the will be fixed in a patch from Codeweavers. I have to use smb to connect to my home NAS, the version of AFP on my Western Digital NAS is incompatible with Lion. I’m sure Western Digital will release a patch in the near future but right now I’m just using SMB to connect to it and it is working just fine. So far Time Machine seem so to be the same, so far I haven’t had a need to try the new versions but I have played with it and well the user experience is great. When I have to buy my wife a computer this year it will be a Mac. I almost decided to put her on Linux and buy a cheap laptop but after seeing this Macbook Air here I come. Her number one problem is losing a document or needing to go back a few revisions, thanks Apple for delivering autosave and versions that a non-technical person and use.
On the technical pieces, finally I can virtualize Mac OS. I already could with server but I don’t need to buy server to do it. This will be very useful for software testing or if I just want to play around and dig a little deeper into the OS without touching my everyday OS.
I may now sound like an Apple Fan boy, but with out apology I like their products. I support free and open source software but when it comes to my everyday computing Apple gets it and does everything I need and more. I love linux but Apple just delivers a better end user experience. Once Linux can consistently come out of sleep on a laptop, I will ditch the Mac and start buying cheaper hardware but until then Mac hardware and Mac OS it is!