Lion set free; Apple Mac OS X 10.7 love/hate review

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'
By Richi Jennings (@richi ) - July 21, 2011.

Apple's Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, is now available to download, as predicted; it's $30, or $70, or even free for some users. But while the usual suspects are loving every minute of the new pomaceous operating system, others express some serious reservations. (NASDAQ:AAPL) In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fight for the right.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Ridiculous pictures of Celine Dion...

Gregg Keizer gives it a whirl:

...[T]he download...was pegged at 3.74 GB. Mac owners with a slow Internet connection the upgrade at any Apple retail store. ... Apple [now says] it will...sell a USB flash drive containing the Lion installer next month for $69.99. ... Lion requires Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.


...Lion was dubbed "Mac OS X meets the iPad" by [CEO Steve Jobs] to emphasize that parts of Lion...had been inspired by iOS. ... Apple also published more information...[on] the Lion Up to Date Program, which provides a free anyone who bought a new Mac [from] June 6.   

    David Pogue channels Spencer Johnson:

...It follows an old Apple pattern of embracing what’s cool and progressive, and ruthlessly jettisoning what it considers antiquated. That’s...not so great if you hate people moving your cheese.


There are some very attractive elements to the download-only system. No serial numbers to type in. No family plans to buy. ... No discs to store and hunt down later.


...iPad-like multitouch gestures. Pinch four fingers to open Launchpad. Twist two to rotate. Swipe up with three fingers to open Mission Control. ... And so on. ... Many apps have been redesigned to look better, or at least more iPad-like, or to exploit full-screen mode.


Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. ...[I]t hath taken away Rosetta, a software kit that allowed ancient programs to run on...Intel chips. ... A few programs won’t run without it, including, alarmingly, Quicken.   

But Brian X. Chen is not at all happy:

Lion’s default scrolling behavior is to scroll down when you swipe up on your multitouch mouse, and to scroll up when you swipe down, just like you would on an iPad. ... I wanted very badly to adapt to Lion’s new so-called “natural scrolling” behavior, but I had to shut it off after two days.


Inverted scrolling makes sense on an iPad, where you swipe the screen in one direction and it moves in the opposite direction...[but it's] uncomfortable to replace traditional mouse gestures with the real-world swipe. ... [It's] an example of a bigger problem in Lion: awkward usability in some of the operating system’s new interface tweaks.


I particularly didn’t like Launchpad, another iPad-like element. ... It looks almost exactly the same as the iPad’s springboard screen. ... [It] just doesn’t work well with a mouse and a desktop. ...Mission Control is ugly; bring back Exposé.   

  Dave Caolo responds:

...[T]here will be a large, vocal group of nerds who merrily bash Launchpad [as] underpowered eye-candy, lacking in more advanced features. But offers a convenient way to find an app, launch it and then get back to what you were doing. ... Launchpad is all about ease and convenience. In this area, it excels.


Sure, it's for so-called "end users." But we nerds forget that [they are] the majority of computer users. I suspect that most of them will love Launchpad.   

  Meanwhile, Dan Goodin talks security:

OS X 10.7 represents a major overhaul, said...researchers, who spent the past few months analyzing [it]. ... The most important addition is full...address space layout randomization [which] makes it much harder for regularly changing the memory location where shell code and other system components are loaded. [And] sandboxes that tightly restrict the way applications can interact with...the operating system and full disk encryption.


Safari...has now been divided into two processes that separate the browser's user interface and other functions from the part that parses JavaScript, images, and other web content. ... With virtually all browser exploits targeting the way the program parses web content...[it's] intended to limit the damage that can be done in the event an attacker is able to exploit a...bug in the browser.


Fanbois, beware. ... Apple deserves kudos for setting a new standard in OS security. ... But it would be a mistake for Mac users to think their OS is invulnerable.   

And ShaolinTiger comments thuswise:

With this latest update they have really integrated some very modern security techniques with many claiming this puts them ahead of Windows 7 and Ubuntu in terms of security. ... [T]he security tech bundled with Snow Leopard was incremental...there was nothing really new or anything that inspired confidence.


With the latest version of Lion...Apple has put in some really good stuff ...[which] will make it a hell of a lot harder to pull off code execution after getting in.   

And Finally...
Ridiculous pictures of Celine Dion

A ridiculous picture

[Celine Dion ridiculously forced to delete all its ridiculous pictures, showing her looking ridiculous. Her lawyers sent some ridiculous legal threats to the blogger, who couldn't afford to defend himself. What a ridiculous thing to do.
Hat tip: James Governor]

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