As you are probably aware, Apple is expected to release it’s new operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, later this month. There are many previews of this fantastic new software, including the one at Apple’s website. I found the following article by David Sparks interesting because it provides a stark contrast and good insight into the difference found between Mac and Windows with regard to upgrading one’s operating system:
I thought I’d do a series of articles as I begin preparing for the
Leopard upgrade. This is where my windows bias shows through. I was
talking to a very knowledgeable Apple friend, Gabe Wilson, and explaining how I was backing everything up and printing out copies
of all my license codes so I could do the “big upgrade.” As he watched
me his face showed first dismay, then pity, then humor. Finally he
relieved me of my suffering. “Dave. It’s a Mac. Don’t wipe your drive.
I’m used to windows upgrades. When you upgrade a windows machine you
first remove the hard drive then you drive a stake through it
(preferably made of silver). Then you pour acid over it and proceed to
make all the necessary incantations (which include multiple recitations
of random letters and numbers in groups of four). Finally, you put in
the install disk and pray to all that is nerdy that the rest of your PC
components don’t declare an absolute mutiny (which will probably happen
anyway). You then spend the next two days attempting to convince
Microsoft that you should be allowed to re-install Office on the new
version of their windows software without spending another $500.
Tonight I listened to Steve Stanger
confirm Gabe’s sage advice and I’m sold. I’m not going to do the 3 days
of reinstall but instead just going to click “update” and see what
happens. If it doesn’t work I can always do the “root canal” version of
the upgrade later.