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Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is the latest OS developed by Apple Computer under the company's CEO Steve Jobs.

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affordable to upgrade to compared to previous version of OSX

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Finally a release that tidies up the plumbing rather then just adding features and bloat

6 agree

OpenGL support for general purpose computation using graphics hardware - takes strain off of the CPU for computation more easily performed by the GPU

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full 64 bit, system wide addressing

5 agree

Takes up much less HD space then previous releases

5 agree

faster then X.5

5 agree

a slick system wide multi-threading api

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only usable on proprietary Apple hardware

7 agree

no longer supported on older PPC-based Apple hardware

5 agree

a long time in development for more evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes

2 agree

Making a fresh install over pre-X.5 systems from the 29.00 upgrade violates the ULA.

2 agree

no native TRIM support (ATA protocol enhancement for SSDs to prevent performance degradation)

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slow graphics (OpenGL slower than Windows 7 and Linux in all benchmarks)

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Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is the latest OS developed by Apple Computer under the company's CEO Steve Jobs.  Was released September '09.  This is the first OS touted by Apple computer to have "no new features", yet features greatly enhanced underpinnings.

New updates to the operating system include:

  • Full 64-bit addressing.  This increasing security and memory allocation while providing backward compatibility with 32-bit programs
  • Grand Central Dispatch is the clever name for a new open source, system wide thread-pool that allows programers to more easily utilize all the processing power of modern multi-core processors.  This makes system wide slowdowns much less common and removes data bottlenecks.
  • OpenCL allows programers to more easily harness the computing power of graphics co-processors for general computing tasks.  This increases speed and takes pressure off of the main processor.

The net result is a more stable, secure, fast, and functional operating environment for users.

Post Review
09/22/2009 12:59

Oh I should have been more clear - it isn't *intended* to be installed on non-proprietary hardware... In fact it is designed not to be!

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