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OS X Lion "Versions"  (Source: Apple via 9 to 5 Mac)

Remote multi-login in OS X Lion  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)

FaceTime HD  (Source: Apple via 9 to 5 Mac)
Apple looks to be attempting a major direction shift with OS X Lion

Apple's latest operating system effort, OS X 10.7 "Lion", was recently released in preview form to developers.  The operating system looks to be a major departure from past versions of OS X in several ways.  Most notably the entire OS is shifting to iOS' (iPad, iPhone) model of an experience built around an app store.  Even the applications launcher has become "more iOS-like".

Now some of the other new features -- finer details, so to speak, have begun to be discovered by the Mac enthusiast community.

I. New Features Galore

A major news item is the fate of OS X Lion Server has been spelled out.  Like Windows, Apple releases a server edition accompanying nearly every major release.  While there aren't a ton of Apple server customers, for those out there, they will be excited to know that Lion Server is built into the base OS X 10.7 Lion distribution and is entirely free.  This might tempt Mac enthusiasts to try to set up their own backup storage servers.

Apple describes:

Lion Server guides you through configuring your Mac as a server. And it provides local and remote administration — for users and groups, push notifications, file sharing, calendaring, mail, contacts, chat, Time Machine, VPN, web, and wiki services — all in one place. 

Apple has also dropped the PowerPC software support that is available in Snow Leopard via Rosetta.  The move is calculated plot to force users away from PowerPC entirely.

Another useful feature on the firmware level is the inclusion of "TRIM".  This feature only applies to users of solid-state drives.  Basically, it's an improvement to the SSD firmware that revamps garbage collection to prevent write speed degradation on blocks you previously wrote to.  The net result should be a bit snappier SSD performance over time.  Windows users can enjoy a snicker here as TRIM has long been supported in Windows.

Yet another relatively "big" improvement is to the popular "Time Machine" feature, which is somewhat akin to Windows Restore.  Previously the feature required an external hard drive to take recovery snapshots.  Now you can enable the feature to use your internal drive.  In this mode snapshots are taken nearly every hour.

The new feature goes hand in hand with "Versions" which acts something like an automatic skinned SVN client, saving copies of a document every time you make a change to it and displaying them, if you wish to revert a file to a previous point.

Another new feature is "Air Drop"; a little app that allows you to transfer files over wireless networks by a simple drag and drop interface.  It actually looks pretty slick -- you can auto-locate nearby users with Air Drop enabled.  Of course it also seems like a bit of a security risk.

Apple has added the ability for multiple users to be remotely logged in to a machine at once.  Previously if another account was logged into your remote OS X machine you could only enjoy a movie of what they were doing.  Now you can do that or log in in parallel via your account.

FaceTime HD also comes loaded in the developer build.  Essentially Apple's take on a Skype/chat service, the app features full 720p mode.  It isn't free; Apple will be charge exactly $1 in what is likely less a bid for direct revenue and more of a bid to get customers entered into the new Mac App Store system (if they haven't been already).

Another new app is Podcast Producer that was previously only available to "pro" paying server users.  The app is similar in nature to Garage Band and its ilk, allowing you to quickly and (relatively) easily create podcasts.

IChat has added support for Yahoo IM accounts.  And the client now offers hover-over previews for your convenience.  Another minor tweak is the inclusion of hover-over-to-play in iTunes’ album art screensaver mode.

Another handy new feature is "Signature Capture" a little app that lets you to write a signature (on paper) and then hold it up to the system's web cam.  A shot is then capture and interpreted into a filtered image file.  That image can be added to make your PDFs, etc. all official.

The latest version of the email client, Mail 5 has been revamped and looks much more iOS-like.  Support for Exchange 2010 is built in.

The new build also offers clues in its file system that points to a "Find My Mac" feature, similar to "Find My iPhone", being included in the final version of Lion.  This feature is not currently included, but the telltale signs are there.

In the mystery department, Front Row, Apple's media center, has disappeared from Developer builds, leading to speculation that Apple is working on a replacement product, possibly built-into iTunes.

Another minor change that has some OS X fans spooked is the change in the default settings of the scroll [video].  9 to 5 Mac describes the shift as leading to "a very difficult transition".  This again seems to get back to Apple's desire to make the OS more iOS-like.  Scrolling up moves the page up (moves your position down the page), just like it would on a smart phone or tablet.  Fortunately for those unwilling to change their ways, Apple has built in an option to revert this setting to Snow Leopards default (scrolling down to move position down/move the page up).

II. Downloading and Installing the Preview -- Requirements and More

After Apples announcement of the developer preview was made last week, the logistics of its distribution slowly trickled out.  It would be delivered via the Mac App Store with a redeemable code sent to developers.  For those who aren't OS X developers and aren't sure quite what an OS X "developer" is, it's a simple $99 once-yearly subscription fee that gives you access to previews and other goodies.  

Unsurprisingly, not everyone wanted to pay that fee and it took little time for the OS to hit torrents. (Beware, developers, the OS reports back to Apple at swcan.apple.com -- unless you block that domain you risk discovery and possibly getting booted from Apple's developer efforts.)

Speaking of crackdowns, Apple also has begun to issue copyright notices to try to take down OS X Lion videos on YouTube.  Though it may be a futile effort, Apple sure is trying.  Posting videos is a violation of your developer contract, so beware the wrath of Steve Jobs and company.

The OS has plenty of requirements/installation notes.  Among the highlights are:
- You must have a Core 2 Duo or better
- Installing to a software Raid configuration is not currently available and may render your volume unusable (wow, at least they warn you!)
- Lion Server (if you plan on installing it) must be installed on an empty disk
- You cannot be running an iMac (circa 2006 -- iMac support will likely be added for the final release)
- You must disable FileVault in Snow Leopard before upgrading to Lion.  Lion has replaced this feature with a new version of encryption software.
- Your volumes will not be readable by past versions of OS X
- If you plan on using Boot Camp, you need version 3.2 or later.

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III.  Summary

To officially get Mac OS X Lion:
1.  Go here to sign up for a $99 Mac Developer account.
2.  Grab your redeem code for OS X Lion.
3.  Download it off the Mac App Store.

The new features in Lion, currently known or coming soon are:
+ Built in Lion Server support
+ TRIM SSD support
+ Launch Pad (app launcher)
+ Mission Control (app preview)
+ Remote multi-login
+ Versions, and local-disk Time Machine
+ Air Drop
+ FaceTime HD
+ Podcast Producer
+ Signature Capture
+ Front Row replacement
+ "Find My Mac" and dropbox storage -- coming soon in MobileMe
+ Yahoo Chat support
+ Revamped email client
+ Revised encryption (full disk XTS-AES 128, wow)

Notable missing features are:
+ Front Row (likely to be replaced)
+ PowerPC software support (will not be added)

While Windows users enjoy many a joke about Apple's frequent OS updates this release appears a bit bigger than Apple's average fare.  If nothing else it represents a major paradigm shift for Apple, moving away from a "traditional" PC operating system and trying to capture a bit of the app-driven fire from iOS.



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RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 2/28/2011 3:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
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Does Apple even do this?
http://www.9to5mac.com/54071/lions-signature-captu...
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should you be using a client OS for a server in the first place
I'm doing it every day when using one of my Windows machines as my home file server, music server, video server, and I together with gazillions of other home users laugh at ya right now


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 3:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
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http://www.9to5mac.com/54071/lions-signature-captu...
So its new to lion, i.e its nothing Apple thought of, but lifted it from somewhere else as there are already programs to do the same thing.. So how exactly would MS be copying Apple again? Apple does something natively and suddenly its their idea?
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I'm doing it every day when using one of my Windows machines as my home file server, music server, video server, and I together with gazillions of other home users laugh at ya right now
So why exactly do you need concurrent logins? Why are you letting others have system wide access to your home PC? And why exactly can't you use the patch that is easily found on Google? And please for the love of god, how is anyone copying Apple when you can do this in every OS currently? (with support for the same user with multiple instances, which it does not look like this will support)


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 2/28/2011 3:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
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So how exactly would MS be copying Apple again?
By including this in Windows
quote:
why exactly do you need concurrent logins?
In order to be able to work on my desktop remotely if someone from my family happens to use it at the time
quote:
Why are you letting others have system wide access to your home PC?
If "others" means my family then why not?
quote:
And why exactly can't you use the patch that is easily found on Google?
Why would people prefer to eat something in a nice restaurant instead of spending time cooking some hasty dish from frozen chicken and raw vegetables? Why would people prefer to buy cars instead of assembling their own from parts?
quote:
how is anyone copying Apple when you can do this in every OS currently?
Can't do this in stock Windows client currently :P


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 4:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
Very good reasons, and personally I have the same issues. Which is why I patch my machine.. Would it be nice to be there natively, sure, but it also means more resource requirements and more support for the tiny percentage of users that make use of it. Its also a blatant security concern.

But once again how is this copying Apple which is clearly the point you first made. Its in every UNIX/BSD based OS, and it is in Windows its just disabled. Clearly Apple is playing catch up to something that every other OS supports, whether it be in server versions or not.

Furthermore you need not worry, the way Windows 8 is heading with its cloud based formula, I think its safe to say that concurrent remote access will not be a problem.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 2/28/2011 5:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
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how is this copying Apple
Apple enables it in OS X then MS enables it too in Windows you know...
quote:
the way Windows 8 is heading
Let's hope it's not heading the WinFS way


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 5:59:59 PM , Rating: 2
You are clearly missing the point Pirks, if in some remote planet turning on a feature would be considered copying, then they would be copying those that did it first (i.e most unix based platforms or their very own server OS) not OSX.

Trying to claim otherwise is as productive as beating a dead horse.

You came in trying to claim that 'MS was once again going to steal from OSX', when none of your points hold true.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 2/28/2011 9:21:41 PM , Rating: 1
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In order to be able to work on my desktop remotely if someone from my family happens to use it at the time


Ummm, shouldn't they have their own account? I'm not saying you can't have one account and literally have everyone use it, but wasn't that exactly something that Mac users bitched about in XP? One admin account that everyone in a family used.

I might be the only one who is supposed to use my computer, but if someone was on my account while I wasn't there I'd rather hijack the damn thing then let them use it. That's my opinion though.

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Why would people prefer to eat something in a nice restaurant instead of spending time cooking some hasty dish from frozen chicken and raw vegetables? Why would people prefer to buy cars instead of assembling their own from parts?
quote:


Umm what? A far better analogy would have been: Why go out to a nice restaurant and eat when we could have them deliver it to us? By your analogy it seems like we'd have to make our own patch which doesn't make any sense at all.

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Can't do this in stock Windows client currently :P
That's ok, basically no one needs it and I'd rather have something like TRIM support anyway. Why the hell is Apple copying MS on that feature? :D


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 2/28/2011 9:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, missed a slash in closing one of those quotes. Should still be able to follow though.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 2/28/2011 11:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, right, try to remote desktop into your own account on a PC when somebody else there is using some other account. When you try it - come back, we'll talk again. Have nothing to say until you experience this, hehe :P


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 3/1/2011 3:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
I never argued that that wouldn't happen. You really do need to brush up on reading comprehension man. I said it shouldn't be a problem because you'd basically never need to do that with a properly set up home PC. Is a PC usually properly set up? Probably not but that doesn't make what I said any less true.

Though, since you don't hear anyone clamoring for this feature I'm gonna say that while it's nice to have almost no one is going to notice if it's not there.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 3/1/2011 10:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
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you don't hear anyone clamoring for this feature
Well, you don't hear anyone clamoring for TRIM too, so what? You you don't need something doesn't mean I won't need it too.
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you'd basically never need to do that with a properly set up home PC
Oh really? So if I set up my PC "properly" and someone from my family is using another account while I want to login under my account there at the same time and stupid Windows is kicking me out while OS X 10.7 has no problem with that - is that because my PC is set up "improperly"? Or is it because you smocked too much crack recently? Your comments about "improper" setup of my PC just don't make any sense AT ALL.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 3/2/2011 2:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh really? So if I set up my PC "properly" and someone from my family is using another account while I want to login under my account there at the same time and stupid Windows is kicking me out while OS X 10.7 has no problem with that - is that because my PC is set up "improperly"?

I'm under the impression that this is only supposed to happen when it's the same account. If this also happens when using different accounts then I'd have to say I agree with you. Though, I don't know why you'd want to use the resources on your home computer when you could just use the resources of the computer you're on, but that's hardly the point you're trying to make. Isn't most of the issue having access to the files in the first place?


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 3/2/2011 10:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
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I'm under the impression
"Impression" is the keyword here. Replace your "impression" with practical experience dealing with Remote Desktop under various conditions, including multiuser logins in various scenarios, and then we'll talk. I can't argue with a guy who tries to counter my practical experience with his "impressions". Come back when you have _practical experience_, Alex. There's nothing to discuss until then.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 3/2/2011 2:56:33 AM , Rating: 2
Oops, forgot the top part. True, no one is clamoring for it directly but surely you're not trying to argue that people don't want/ask for things that prevent slowdowns on their computer, are you? Because that would be incredibly naive.

BTW, not sure what you meant for that second sentence. I think you missed a word or two.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Chocobollz on 3/1/2011 10:51:50 AM , Rating: 2
Oh God. Pirks, why would you complain about something you hate so much? Why don't you try TeamViewer. It's free for non-commercial use, and its ssize is only 3.88 MB. It can even be put on a floppy disk for Christ sake! :p


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 3/1/2011 7:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's not the same by any definition. That's multi-user same session while this "feature" is multi-user multi-session. TeamViewer does not allow you to run a different session on the same account. You're sharing a session with whoever is on the computer at that time.


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Pirks on 2/28/2011 11:32:38 PM , Rating: 2
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basically no one needs it
Yeah maybe this is true about TRIM huh? ;)


RE: Welcome to 2007 Apple
By Alexstarfire on 3/1/2011 3:41:13 AM , Rating: 2
Someone can't take/recognize a joke.


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