Rawr! It's a New Operating System!

| February 16, 2012 | 1 Reply

Awwww, such a pretty kitty!

It’s only been seven months since Apple launched Mac OS 10.7 Lion, but the company isn’t sitting still: it just announced the developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, a tweaked and enhanced new version of the operating system that includes major new features like Notification Center, AirPlay mirroring, and iMessage. Yes, those are all headline iOS features as well; Mountain Lion continues Apple’s cycle of using the iPhone and iPad to influence Mac development and vice versa.

If you’re not a developer, you’ll still have to wait a little while to get your paws on the new Mountain Lion, but that’s not a bad thing. You want the OS in the hands of developers first, so they can build shiny new apps for your desktops and laptops. Given the popularity of the App Store with both developers and consumers, I’d say we’ll have some very nice programs sitting there, all optimized for the new hotness when it’s available to the rest of us.

You can get a good video review at the above link. I’d also recommend this article by John Gruber, which is not only a solid short review of the new OS but is also a review of how Apple presented it to him. I’m a fan of how Apple rolls out its products — the PR and Marketing end of the process — even if I’m not always enamored of its products.

I don’t have the Lion OS yet. I didn’t get it when it first came out, though I thought long and hard about it. Snow Leopard works just fine for me and I don’t really need or want my desktop computer to act like my iPad. They do different things, so I expect (and in some cases want) them to act differently. It didn’t help at all that the early reports on Lion (NSFW) said that it was buggier than the set of Arachnaphobia. Snow Leopard works well for me. It does what I want it do do and stays out of my way. Why would I want another operating system?

On the other hand, if Mountain Lion sorts out all the previous problems, and gives me a couple compelling reasons to change my operating system, I’ll jump on it in a hot second. I like Snow Leopard, and Leopard and Tiger before it and, assuming Apple gets back to it’s normal solid software track record, there’s no good reason to think I won’t also like Mountain Lion.

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