Mac OS X Lion

Lionization

Just finished installing Mac OS 10.7 Lion on this machine, will do my wife’s machine tomorrow from DVD. Before installing I did yet another complete backup with SuperDuper just so I’d be able to get back to my last Snow Leopard environment if Lion stubbed its toe on install.

I highly recommend reading this and the linked to posts on making a backup DVD of the Lion installer. I’ve followed the directions in those posts and it’s all worked out well.

The install took about 15 minutes on this computer (current MacBook Pro with SSD). The entire process is so slick, so well designed and thought out it’s just amazing how far we’ve come since the early days of Font/DA mover and such.

The fan is on at the moment as Spotlight re-indexes my hard disk.

A window will appear warning about new scrolling behavior. The new behavior is part of the move to allow Mac OS to mimic a multitouch display. I found the initial setting on scrolling unintuitive so changed it in the Mouse System Preference pane.

Mouse / Point & Click / Scroll Direction Natural checkbox. Uncheck that box and scrolling will return to what you may be used to.

Three finger swipe on the trackpad takes you to the Dashboard which is very nice. There’s a ton more and I plan to explore it all in time. But, the nice thing is there’s no rush to do it because so far everything works just like before.

The fan stopped, indexing done.

I’ve been Lionized.

Installing Lion on multiple Macs

Apple has just released the newest OS upgrade for the Mac: Mac OS 10.7 Lion. Apple is not selling boxes of CD/DVDs however, they are selling Lion through the Mac App Store as a paid download.

We have a few Macs in our house and a single purchase of Lion for $29.95 will cover a licensed version of the OS on all of them.

I’ve been thinking of how to do this without having to buy and download it on each Mac and how to create a backup copy of the clean OS for emergencies.

Egg Freckles (Thomas Brand) has given us a useful post: Burning a Lion Boot Disc. In it he takes us step by step through buying Lion for one computer, then using Disk Utility to make a disk image so that one can then burn a Lion install DVD for use on other machines and as a backup clean install.

How OS X Lion leads to the next computing revolution

How OS X Lion Leads to the Next Computing Revolution

This is an excellent overview of how the next Mac OS X update, OS 10.7 “Lion” is moving Mac OS a bit closer to some of what users enjoy about the iOS (iPad and iPhone) experience.

This evolution in operating system hasn’t really affected Apple’s computer hardware yet and the new MacBook Pros Apple released yesterday are examples of that but the MacBook Air with its smaller solid state storage and less emphasis on raw processor horsepower is an example of it. Many (me included) were hoping for a bit more MacBook Air influence on the new MacBook Pros but no doubt that will come a bit later after Mac OS 10.7 is out for a while.

[via Steve Splonskowski]