Apple released an update to OS X 10.5 (Leopard) today. The standalone update is 110mb but when I downloaded it this morning through Software Update it was a 38mb download for my machine.
According to the Apple info page on the update, it:
includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac
The page goes on to include details of fixes for Airport, Mail, iCal, System and Finder as well as other fixes.
Personally, I love Leopard. I know some people have had issues with it but I have had the opposite experience. The upgrade to Leopard has actually fixed two previous problems I was having with 10.4 and my laptop is now running faster too. Hopefully 10.5.1 will resolve most of the early issues people have had with Leopard.
With Apple’s move to Intel chips for its Macs, the last significant difference in the hardware architecture between Macs and PCs disappeared. This meant that Apple’s much vaunted OS X operating system is designed to work on PC hardware.
Leopard, Apple’s latest version of OS X was released on Friday 26th last and in just over 24 hours, a hack to allow Leopard to be installed on PCs has been published.
The installation is not trivial but the instructions are very easy to follow and it certainly looks do-able.
No doubt Apple will quickly release an update (10.5.1) which will address this but in the meantime, all you non-Mac users, enjoy a secure, reliable, easy to use OS on your choice of Intel-based hardware.
It looks like Apple have decided to make it easy to install Windows on your Mac with their Beta release of their new Boot Camp product. You can download a public beta today and try it out if you have an Intel based Mac and are running the latest version of OS X (10.4.6). This functionality will be included as standard in the next version of OS X – codenamed Leopard.
Once youâ€™ve completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. (Thatâ€™s the â€œaltâ€? key for you longtime Windows users.) After starting up, your Mac runs Windows completely natively. Simply restart to come back to Mac.
I have to question – who really wants this? Seriously, why would you want to run XP on your Mac? I have XP Pro and Virtual PC installed on my Mac and I can’t remember the last time I ran it – and its functionality is waaaay better than the dual boot is going to be because with Virtual PC, you run the two OSes simultaneously, you can share disk, use a shared clipboard and swap between the two OSes as easily as switching between any two running apps – no re-start required.
This probably means Riya will never come out with their loooooong promised Mac uploader now!!!