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Snow Leopard Upgrade Success/Failure Stories

Gregg Bolinger
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I'm interested in hearing how everyone's upgrades went. Fresh installs don't really count as I need to do an upgrade but am worried about jacking things up. If it was successful I'd like to hear if you had anything you were worried about that worked out. If it failed, why?


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Bear Bibeault
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Our IT guy has it on order for me.

I'm most interested in the Exchange support (ditching Entourage would be a welcome blessing) and built-in VPN (the Cisco client is, er, fragile).

As we're at a critical point in development it may be a while before I get a chance to install it.


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Gregg Bolinger
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Bear Bibeault wrote:As we're at a critical point in development it may be a while before I get a chance to install it.


I'm in the same boat. And I have zero down time between when this one ends and the next one begins. So it is going to be tricky for me to determine the best path. That's why I am looking to others that have already taken the plunge. As for VPN support, I'm using built in VPN support right now and it seems to work just fine. What's different about it in SL?
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Hmm, just behind the times I guess, I thought that was new with SL!
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Upgraded today with absolutely no problems. The upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard took about 30 minutes max.

I did buy an external HD and started using Time Madchine, just so I could have a backup. I also ran OnyX to clean up some cache and logs. But really didn't need to do any of that.

The thing that confused me is that it looks like to get QuickTime you have to do the optional installs. I also installed XCode too.

I was worried up front, but now that it is done, I worried too much for nothing.

Mark


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Trilochan Bharadwaj
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Got done today, At first I wasn't really sure where was I "seeing" the so called "zippines" in the apps, but i rebooted and wow my applications are faster and produce very quick response. However, I am disgusted to see that Eclipse people do not provide 64 bit packages!

Any ideas / suggestions ?

Trilochan.

Addendum: The only app that i was worried about was my Rosetta Stone French Level 1; but it works so I am happy with the upgrade.
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Trilochan Bharadwaj wrote:

Addendum: The only app that i was worried about was my Rosetta Stone French Level 1; but it works so I am happy with the upgrade.


Tres magnifique!!!

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Pauline McNamara
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Rafe Needleman from CNET recommends that geeks wait a bit - by geeks he means those who are using less off-the-shelf kind of apps.

I was on Tiger and just had the hard disk replaced and they installed Leopard for me: I get to upgrade to SL for the cheapo price. I will wait, though, playing cautious as you are Gregg. Though it feels a tad bit risky not having an install disk for the current OS.


Fresh installs don't really count as I need to do an upgrade ...


Not speaking from experience, but I've heard that you get an option to do a clean install even if you have Leopard. Do you need to do an upgrade (as opposed to a clean install) for a specific reason?

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Just read through most comments on that CNET post and found this bit about java that might be of interest here:
by jregan439 September 1, 2009 10:39 AM PDT
Wish folks reporting Snow Leopard incompatibilities would mention from time to time the fact that Java 1.6 is the _only_ version supported. Even what appears to be Java 1.5 is Java 1.6.

Why does it matter? Lots of folks in other forums are reporting apps that are version dependent. Sure Sun says a 1.6 Java can use 1.3 classes - doesn't mean apps, usually the GUI, work properly.

For me it's a huge deal. I work with large vendor apps that still run on Java 1.4. From time to time I write custom classes for clients that use those apps. Without 1.4 on my laptop, guess where that puts me? SOL with SL. I can downgrade to Leopard or switch to M$. Anyone working with 'legacy' Java apps is in the same boat. There are _lots_ of apps built in the past few years that qualify as 'legacy'.

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Gregg Bolinger
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Bit the bullet over the weekend. Upgrade went flawlessly. Gained nearly 20 GB of space back.
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Trilochan Bharadwaj wrote:However, I am disgusted to see that Eclipse people do not provide 64 bit packages!

Um, disgusted ? Are you sure that's the word you intended to use? In case it was, what are your contributions to the open source world?


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I upgraded this morning.

I use tomcat, mysql, eclipse, jedit, time machine, keynote, password gorilla, firefox, itunes and iphoto primarily. Overall the upgrade went great, however my mysql startup script failed as mysql seems to have been moved from usr/local/bin. That was easy to fix. I pulled up password gorilla and it doesn't seem to find my password file now. Small problems, but a little troubling that they were affected, and subtle enough that it may be hard to detect other problems.

However, I am disgusted to see that Eclipse people do not provide 64 bit packages

I agree the wording is a little harsh here. As an open source creator myself nothing gets to me more than harsh criticism when we provide a service where we are not compensated and in general have to fit it in after work when all the noncontributors are sleeping.


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steve souza wrote:
However, I am disgusted to see that Eclipse people do not provide 64 bit packages

I agree the wording is a little harsh here. As an open source creator myself nothing gets to me more than harsh criticism when we provide a service where we are not compensated and in general have to fit it in after work when all the noncontributors are sleeping.


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Douglas Graham
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When I upgraded to SL I did clean & install of 10.5. All was well until I tried to install MS Office. So I went ahead and did an erase & install. I wanted MS Office cause I've used it for almost 20 years. It's like a bad habit now.

After installing SL Time Machine corrupted one of my Excel files. Not just one back up but all of em since getting my Mac April '08. It's my record of monthly payments, so it changes a lot. The file that remains has had its extension removed and there's only one row of data in it (there were almost a 1000). At least I have my copy from last year on my Vista machine.

I spent a lot of time with iPhoto this weekend pruning it. Seems faster to me. Haven't tried iMovie and iDVD yet but I will.

The only other app I use a lot besides Firefox, is NetBeans 6.7.1. NB doesn't seem to have any problems with the upgrade.

I'm also planning to install Oracle soon. There are a couple of sites with install instructions for SL.

So far the OS hasn't crashed once. No glitches I can see. I definitely like the upgrade, and especially as more 64 bit apps are written.


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steve souza
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I'm starting to regret the upgrade. I use GWT and the hosted mode doesn't work with jdk 1.6 without some fixes. Also, i am having problems with a few other java programs like jarInspector.

http://development.lombardi.com/?p=1012
steve souza
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I found a couple other problems related to CVS and GWT (google web toolkit).

I lost cvs during the upgrade. The solution is to go to the snow leopard cd cd and explicitly install unix tools. It would have been better if the install detected I had unix tools already installed and automatically installed them.

GWT hosted mode doesn't work with the 64 bit jvm that comes with the new OS, so you have to pass the argument "-d32" to the jvm to put it in 32 bit mode. You also have to do a workaround by making a change to the BootStrapPlatform class. Google this to find out more about it.
 
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