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Mon, Jan. 14th, 2008, 07:35 pm
msmollusk: If you are easily offended by stupid quetions, please look away...

OK so I'm a total Mac n00b. I've had my iMac 24" for just 3 weeks now, and mostly quite loving it. However because I've never even really used a Mac for more than five minutes and not for years, I have absolutely no familiarity with them whatsoever. So my question is, how do I tell if my new Mac has OSX Leopard? The package came with a OSX "Leopard" disc, and the computer is new, so I would assume it is. But, this computer was on sale so I don't know if it was a discontinued style, and therefore the old OS. Also when I've clicked "About This Mac" in the Apple menu on the top-left of the screen, it says Version 10.4.11. Is that Leopard? Is Leopard really better? If I have the old version, is it worth installing the Leopard disc that came in the pack?

Thank you :-)

Mon, Jan. 14th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
jeff5696: mac

I did a little looking online. Os Tiger is 10.4.6 While Leopard is 10.5.
From what what I was able to see 10.4.11 is an upgrade for OS Tiger. As for the difference between the two, your best bet is to go to an apple store if you have one and check it out on one of the demo machines. The review I read mainly only had gripes about some of the aesthetics of desktop, but that is a personal thing. If the computer was a demo model it might have tiger on it. If you need a reference book, see if there is anything for leopard by Andy Ihnatko. His books are worth their money . He also has a blog. So good luck with your mac.

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
msmollusk: Re: mac

Ahh thank you! I think, because I am so unfamiliar with macs, I might just leave off installing Leopard yet, at least until I read up about it all a bit more. I'll check out one of those books or the blog before I decide yet :-)

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
jeff5696: Re: mac

Your Welcome
From what I've seen over the years, it's better to wait on the new software until they have the bugs out of it. And that goes for mac or pc. It seems to take one or two upgrades to get it right. And tiger is a stable system.

Mon, Jan. 14th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
kneescar: Leopard

Wow, Nice machine! You must have got some of the transitional stock when Leopard was introduced. They didn't have time to change the installed OS, so they put it in the box. I would say that it's very worth the effort to install Leopard. There are a lot of new features and functionality built into this system.

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
msmollusk: Re: Leopard

I'd heard stories of Apple's tight-arsery so I questioned why these stock of iMacs and various products were 10% off so was told it was the "old" stock. Not that I care a whit that it might be slightly less shiny than the "new" ones lol. As I said to the above poster I might just get a bit more familiar with this one just yet, and then see, but it's nice to kow the disc is here. Thank you :-)

Mon, Jan. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
msgeek: Not so fast on Leopard...

I'm holding out until at least 10.5.2 is in the wild and tested. I like the stability of Tiger 10.4.11 and right now Leopard is an "untamed beast" stability-wise.

The update to Leopard might be introduced as early as tomorrow. Until then, stand pat.

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
msmollusk: Re: Not so fast on Leopard...

Ahh this is interesting. I had more been researching about Windows Vista since MS is what I'm used to, and for the same reason I wasn't going to worry about getting the first-version Vista; there's always too many little things that need to be diddled with and perfected. So thanks for backing-up what I'd been wondering in my mind; ie if Mac is just as susceptible to these quirks as Windows undoubtedly is hehehe