OSX Lion – 4 Weeks Later

Mac OSX LionIt’s been almost a month since Apple released OSX Lion, the 8th major release of the OSX brand. I was one of the folks who bought it the first day and have been using it ever since. So was it worth it? Let’s wiegh the details.

Pros

Price - $29.99 isn’t bad at all for a new operating system. And compared to MS Office or anything from Adobe it’s practically pocket change. At this price I didn’t even think twice about upgrading.

Ease of Installation - There isn’t much to do or worry about. The upgrade was seamless on one machine and I did a fresh install after burning Lion to a DVD on another machine (I later did a fresh install on the first machine for my own reasons). Both the upgrade and fresh install went flawlessly in about an hour each (not including download time).

Stability - To date, knock on wood, I haven’t had a single problem with Lion. It has been both stable and fast and hasn’t had a compatibility problem with any of the apps I use.

Features - Frankly, features haven’t been all that important to me in Lion. For about 5 minutes the natural scrolling seemed rather annoying but after getting used to it I find it far better than the old scroll direction. Other than that, mision control, full-screen mode and a few other features are neat but not really all that spectacular. Instead of good new features it’s the removal of a feature, FrontRow, that has me most excited. Now, when I accidentally press cmd-esc, I don’t have to wait for Frontpage to load causing me to have to close it again. This is a big win for me.

Cons

The only real con for me was the online-only distribution. While it worked, it only did so by virtue of that fact that I was able to download it on a very fast connection.

So was it worth it?

Yes, in the end Lion has been a worthwhile upgrade. While it’s features aren’t revolutionary to me they do make a difference and the price means that keeping up with the latest technology didn’t mean I had to skip a meal to pay for it. I do wish I could have just bought it on a disk at the local BestBuy, but the ability to burn it to a disk of my own combined with a connection that allowed me to download the whole thing in about 20 minutes made up for the lack of purchasing options.

About Chris Wiegman

Chris is the owner of Bit51 where he blogs about web development and works on WordPress plugins such as Better WP Security. In addition Chris is a Senior Developer for Springbox in Austin, TX where he develops a host of solutions for clients large and small.

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