Upgrading to Snow Leopard

I upgraded my MacBook Pro (February 2007 model) to Snow Leopard last week and I’m just starting to finish finding all the small issues as well as improvements. Here’a a brief overview of what I’ve found so far for anyone considering the upgrade.

Improvements

  • The upgrade freed up over 10 GB of space of my hard drive.
  • Snow Leopard offers much better swap file management (effectively giving me more RAM on average as it frees up the swap quicker). Leopard never freed up the swap without a reboot.
  • Finder, iCal, Address Book is snappier / more responsive
  • Startup and shutdown are noticeably faster.
  • Screenshot naming now includes a descriptive date and time.
  • Built-in recording in new Quicktime

Issues

Summary
Overall the upgrade was painless and left me with a somewhat snappier laptop. Most users are also likely to find the improvements are nice, but relatively small and not terribly noticeable. Eventually most Mac users will have to upgrade to take advantage of forthcoming software, but I feel the majority have no need to rush to install Snow Leopard.

If you do decide to upgrade, Amazon has Snow Leopard for only $25.

Tom currently works in developer relations for IBM Watson. A serial entrepreneur, he's been the founder of numerous startups including Investify and StatsMix, a Techstars alumni company. Tom lives outside Boulder, Colorado and in his free time he's an avid rock climber, skier, and trail runner.

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