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Leopard

I've installed the 10.5 release over 10.4 on an Intel 32bit core duo macbook with 2GB of RAM.

I've updated to 10.5.2 (this was a large ~375MB download).

Generally, it seems nice, performance (perceived GUI response) is good, perhaps better that 10.4 was.

X11

Leopard uses an X11 based off the Xorg 7.2 release. This newer code-base is said to be better internally, but it has some bugs and missing features that weren't a problem with the older xfree86 code base.

There are some problems, particularly with X11, which is important to me as much of my work requires accessing Linux machines.

The worst issue is that there is no way to cut and paste in X11 on a laptop keyboard. The center mouse button click emulation is missing, so you have to plug in a USB wheel mouse to cut and paste. This is bad. I'm considering downgrading to the old X11 setup to work around this.

There is also a problem with applications starting multiple X11 servers, the nomachine client does this. Each time you start it, it thinks that X is not running and so starts another X server.

See http://aaroniba.net/articles/x11-leopard.html for downgrade instructions.

-- TomRockwell - 20 Feb 2008
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