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Short Intro About Leopard

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is Apple's next operating system after Tiger i.e. 10.4 that was launched more than two years ago. Apple claims that there are more than 300 differences on Tiger and Leopard, while not earth-shattering, further streamline the experience of using a Mac.
Now the very next question comes to your mind would be, "Is Leopard worth paying what Apple has set his price to?" For some of you it maybe not, because you are contented with the way Tiger works for you. If you are looking for Time Machine, you need a Leopard, if you need Bootcamp, even then you must have Leopard. Leopard makes it far easier to find documents and applications than Windows Vista. The recently launched Spotlight is just impressing. Leopard's interface niceties made the daily mechanics of using the computer more pleasurable. Mundane chores, such as finding files and backing up data, become a visual treat (See our photo gallery of screenshots.)
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard will cost you $129 out of the box, or thre is a good deal i.e. $199 for up to five users. Apple is charging $9.95 to the users who have got Mac after October 1st, 2008 to have Leopard shipped to them.
It might take around 45-60 mins to install Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on an iMac (i.e. an Intel-based MacBook). This was just about iMac but on some machines Leopard didn't run so smoothly. It took a painfully long hour or so to install on an iBook G4, the 933 Mhz processor just grazing the minimum requirements, make sure that you don't install it on old machines otherwise it will make you cry due to its terribly slow speed.
The best thing in Leo installation is Archive & Install where you can transfer all old stuffs from your Mac to new OS. Once you install Leopard on MacBook Pro 2.33 Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM, might be some problems with various applications, including Parallels and GroupCal. To be very honest, more the RAM faster your Leo will be.
Some users, however, also reported the fabled "Kernel panic error" historically associated with Microsoft Windows; Apple addressed the issue.
To run Leopard, you'll need an Intel or PowerPC G5 Mac. A PowerPC-based G4 Mac with an 867MHz or better processor will work, as well. Apple suggests having 512MB of RAM. Additionally, but not compulsorily you'll need a USB or FireWire external backup drive (or a file-sharing volume on a network) to use Time Machine.
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