Seemingly months after everyone else has marveled at OS X Leopard, I’ve taken the plunge and upgraded from Tiger to Leopard. Instead of upgrading, I decided to wipe the disk (backing up first, of course) and do a clean install. The first time, the install went fine, but Leopard hung with a blue screen when I booted it up the first time. So, I wiped the disk clean, again, and reinstalled, and everything is fine now.

The first thing I did (after installing Firefox) was change the dock to the “flat” version, then disabled the translucent menu bar. I have to tell you, Leopard is much better now that I’ve done those things.

Negatives aside, I do like the upgrade, but I don’t really see any great leaps similar to what it felt like upgrading to Tiger. Spaces is pretty cool, but Stacks is pretty annoying. I’ve been using Stacks to manage my built-in Downloads folder (new thing in Leopard) and it’s annoying the hell out of me, at least most of the time. Often I just click the huge arrow to navigate to the folder and Finder and just do whatever there, which defeats the purposes of Stacks.

The new UI (the “unified” look) is nice, but the window control orbs (close, minimize, maximize) look really gimmicky. They don’t look like they were drawn right, either — the bottom looks like it was horribly blended. Not to mention the “shine” is really overdone. I do like the new look for Leopard, though, and to me it’s familiar from using Uno on Tiger.

Unfortunately I don’t have an external drive that’s available for use, so I haven’t tried Time Machine out, but I don’t think it would be that great — I’ve been able to do the same thing for years with tools like SuperDuper!. Overall, while Leopard is a solid upgrade, the “wow” just isn’t now (to borrow Windows Vista’s slogan).