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October 29th, 2007

There’s a Leopard-vs.-Vista showdown on Engadget, and as you might expect, I find it rather strongly Windows-centric.

Take “Security,” for example: the showdown gives equal ratings to Leopard and Vista. Um, yeah. Within that category, both OS’s are marked down for not including anti-virus software. Come again? Apple doesn’t have anti-virus software because it doesn’t need it. I would think that this is not only an advantage, but a major one; not only do you not face the perils of malware, including spyware and adware, but you don’t have to shell out a hundred bucks to protect yourself against the stuff, not to mention all the time you have to spend maintaining it… and then Windows is still vulnerable to malware like the Storm superworm. To give Vista equal standing to Leopard in this category is ludicrous.

Other Leopard advantages are also overlooked; price, for example. The showdown allows features included in the Ultimate version of Vista to compete, while most users don’t have that, or pay a premium for it. Nor does Apple get credit for including all its features in one “version,” instead of going the Windows route and releasing a confusing jumble of different versions which mostly add up to “pay us a lot more if you want everything.”

And yet, despite the fairly evident Windows bias, Leopard still beats out Vista, 45 to 40.

This tends to support the overwhelmingly positive reviews Leopard has been getting (Wired, The New York Times, CNET, PC World, USA Today, Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal) in most of the media.

The worst reviews I can find are mostly nits, such as this guy‘s review, which found “6 problems with Leopard” (but they’re pretty minor), or this Forbes writer who felt that the voice-recognition software wasn’t good enough. Other than that, most negative comments have to do with losing Classic or having a really old Mac (it would have to be more than 4 years old not to be able to use Leopard). But most reviews that point out these things still recognize that Leopard is better than Vista.

And maybe that’s one reason why Apple’s stock did not take the 5- or 6-point drop I expected after last week’s $16 rise.

For the final word, go and read this review at Ars Technica. In case you’re wondering, it’s very positive:

I started this review talking about expectations. As I’ve learned more about Leopard, it’s become increasingly clear where, exactly, those two-and-a-half years of development time went. Leopard is absolutely packed with improvements. It seems that not a corner of the OS has gone untouched.

Perhaps that’s not as clear to the casual user who just sees the surface changes and the major new features in Leopard. But even in that case, there’s more than enough to recommend it. if you’re wondering whether you should upgrade to Leopard, the answer, as it’s been for every major revision of Mac OS X, is yes.

I bought my copy already, but won’t install it at home until next week (I have a project to finish and don’t want it interrupted by anything). Leopard will still be just as good by then. It’ll also give me time to find the cheapest 320 GB hard disk for Time Machine to operate on.

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  1. ykw
    October 30th, 2007 at 03:20 | #1

    When and if you figure out how to get Sos to run on Leopard, please tell me how you did it, and I’ll update the sos website w/ the info, so that others can do the same trick.

  2. Sank
    November 2nd, 2007 at 11:18 | #2

    Hi Luis. So have you found a cheap 320GB hard drive yet? I’ve gotta get one before I install leopard on my Aluminium iMac. I’ve been meaning to do a search on kakaku, but haven’t got round to it yet.


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