Snow Leopard Is The New Retro [Opinion]



Unlike the majority of my esteemed colleagues here at Cult of Mac – indeed, unlike almost everyone in my profession, it seems – I’ve not upgraded to Lion just yet.

My MacBook Pro is still running Snow Leopard like a, well, like a pro. It’s fast and stable and as things stand, I have no need to upgrade.

What’s more, I belong to the camp that likes to wait a while before upgrading. It’s not that I don’t believe the broadly positive comments in all the reviews I’ve read, and I’m not expecting to keep using Snow Leopard forever.

But past experiences have made me cautious. Sometimes – but not always – a hasty upgrade has caused regret. A computer that, pre-upgrade, was fast and dependable has been rendered slow and painful to use. Software I’ve used for years has ceased working, or ceased to work quite as well as it did before.

So my plan is to take things a little more slowly. I’ll wait a while, perhaps just a week, perhaps a few weeks, before clicking the Lion icon in the Mac App Store. I want to take my time, make sure the software I use most is compatible and up-to-date, and keep an eye out for other people’s real-world experiences with the new system. I just might learn a thing or two that could come in useful when I do decide to upgrade.

All of which means that, for the time being at least, I’m sticking with Snow Leopard and I’m perfectly happy with it.

How about you? Are you happy to stick with the system you’ve got, or do you think we should all move with the times (assuming our computers meet the right spec) and get with the Lion taming? Your views, as always, are welcomed.


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