Mac OS X Lion is here!
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is here. OS X, the desktop counterpart to Apple's mobile iOS, has taken iPad innovation "Back to the Mac" with this release, including the iPad home screen-like LaunchPad for app management, automatic save and resume, etc.
It's also the first time a major Mac OS X version will be distributed exclusively online, through the Mac App Store. Gigabytes of download will be an interesting challenge for those with multiple machines, but especially for those with slower internet connections or restricted bandwidth. (Never mind what the launch day rush might do to the internet in general -- Apple servers have gone down during iOS releases in the early days.)
All that aside, we welcome our Mac OS X cousins to the goodness we've been enjoying for a while now in iOS. Who's getting it?
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I would be interested if there are instructions on how to do a 'clean' install of Lion, do you just download it from the Mac App Store and are giving the option to do a 'clean' install vs. a upgrade?
It's just like when Snow Leopard came out Apple said you needed to have Leopard installed first. It wasn't true. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this isn't true either.
Anyway you should keep your OS up to date all the time!
Rene, you're a CS5 user. What's the word?
CS2 and below WILL NOT WORK with Lion. These applications require a now discontinued feature called rosetta which made PPC (PowerPC, apple's processor prior to Intel) compatible applications compatible with Intel based macs. If you make your living with adobe CS2 or below DON'T UPGRADE until you are able to upgrade your software.
**A note to those who use photoshop's droplet feature. The code for for droplet was written for PPC and requires either a PPC based machine or Rosetta. If that's a feature that you rely on you may also want to rethink upgrading until this issue is resolved.
Edit: I went into the system preferences and turned off the new "natural" scrolling because for me, it's anything but natural. :)