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The Lion Unleashed

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

So Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has now been formally released through the Mac App Store. As I said last week, I’m waiting a few days – partly to allow updates for any incompatible third-party software but also because I’m away this weekend. As such, I’ll give me first impressions next week.

In the meantime, have a read of John Siracusa’s review of Lion on Ars Technica. It’s big – 17 pages big – but goes into great detail about what’s new, and, if you don’t like some of its new behaviours, how to change things back. Some of the sections are rather technical – unless you’re a programmer you can probably skip the two pages on memory management and garbage collection – but it told me far more about what’s new that Apple’s own web site. As such, I’m actually more excited about upgrading, now that I know how the new features will work.

If, like me, you’re waiting a while, I’d suggest running Software Update to download Safari 5.1 and iTunes 10.4, along with some other updates, as well as looking for any new versions of other programs to make sure you’re good to go when you upgrade. AppFresh is ideal for finding new versions of your programs, although the Mac App Store will also handle updates as well, if you’ve downloaded programs from there. And it’s probably worth checking the Lion Compatibility Wiki to see if any of the programs you use will cease to work after you upgrade, although it seems most programs will work fine (or with only minor issues).

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