So I downloaded Lion as most of the internet did as soon as it was released. Normally I don’t think twice about updating apple software, whether its the entire OS or just an incremental update for an app. They (generally) release good, tested software. Lion was no exception for me. (And who can resist a shiny new os?).
My Macbook Air went first, I decided to do a clean install, everything went smoothly, loved all the shiny new stuff and also looking into the new core additions and updates. I highly recommend reading the Ars Technica Lion Review, it provides an in-depth look at everything new in Lion.
Then it was the iMac’s turn, this time I just went for an upgrade (too much stuff in there and someone needs to get work done heh) it also went without a hiccup.
There is one catch though: Lion felt significantly slower than Snow Leopard for the first few hours, it was kind of disappointing. But upon launching activity monitor I just noticed time machine and the spotlight indexing service (which works way differently than in leopard/snow leopard) was taking a tax on the cpu. Just leave your mac alone for a few hours and you both will get through it together.
Here’s a short list of my likes, No Like’s and meh’s:
- Mission control, screens and launchpad
- The new gestures (actually quite useful, specially with the trackpad)
- The new log in and lock screens
- Desktops! (was never actually fond of the old screens)
- Safari (can you say FAST?)
- The whole initial index process gives a bad first impression of the OS
- How you have to basically hack your way to create a bootable usb or dvd
- The badge icons on the dock look horrible
- The fact that we have to wait around for years for vendors to update their software in order to take advantage of new os changes
- Apparently Apple crippled flash’s hardware acceleration (I’m not a flash fan, but you know youtube does not have EVERY video in html5)
- Mail.app – can’t say that I hate it but I don’t love it either, it feels sluggish. I got used to sparrow and how fast it is. Giving it a chance though, not going well.
- Inverted scrolling, I think I know where this is heading but it just feels weird. I’m giving it a week, just to follow John Gruber’s advice and see who it goes.
- Fullscreen apps – Second monitor == useless, ‘nough said.
- Hidden scrollbars – It’s a love and hate thing, love that it makes the UI even simpler, hate that scrollbars provide a vertical context and positioning guide.
All in all, very happy with the update, still a few things here and there that I think need improvement but oh well.
My recommendation: upgrade, definitely worth it.