Monday, August 24th 2009

Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Starts Shipping on Aug. 28

Apple's newest operating system, the OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - one claimed to be the world's most advanced - starts shipping later this month, on 28th. The new OS is priced at US $29 (incl. shipping) for a single-user upgrade from Leopard, and $49 for 5-user family pack users. New Macs will bundle the OS, and it will also be available in bundles with iLife and iWork for $169 ($229 for 5-user family pack).

Snow Leopard brings in several major thru minor changes over its predecessor, more importantly, that it eliminates support for PowerPC-based Macs, supporting only those based on Intel x86. All major components will now support the x86-64 instruction set, to take advantage of large amounts of system memory. The OS also embraces OpenCL, which lets supporting applications tap the computing power of GPUs, while the OS itself is better optimised for multi-core/multi-threaded CPUs.
Notable application updates bundled with the OS include Safari 4 and Quicktime X. The former is one of the fastest web-browsers, while the latter supports GPU-acceleration for video playback. Apple Store and Amazon.com have started accepting orders for the OS, which will ship on the 28th. Both stores offer free shipping in the US.

Source: MacNN
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38 Comments on Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Starts Shipping on Aug. 28

#1
to6ko91
now just need an i7 920 D0, Gigabyte x58 mobo, and 4870 ....:cool:
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Wile E
Power User
to6ko91 said:
wats the price of one of those guys ???
Unfortunately, they're like $240.
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#5
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i really wish i could get vmware server 2 to run this OS.
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#6
YinYang.ERROR
lemonadesoda said:
What is impressive about Apple is that even though a much smaller company (relative to MS in OS sales/use) they are making 64-bit happen now, incl a full suite of applications.

MS has taken FOREVER to come to the concept of doing Win7 as 64 bit and running a 32bit VM for compatibility. They should have done that with XP. XP-64 should have had a 32-bit VM inbuilt. It if unforgiveable it took MS so long to solve this.

Nontheless, having both OSX and WinXP/03 I still prefer Windows. I find it much faster to use, and the taskbar is far superior when multitasking/switching between apps.
+1
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#7
to6ko91
Wile E said:
Unfortunately, they're like $240.
:twitch: wow thats expensive ... think I am going to hackintosh :nutkick:
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#8
Woody112
Lets not forget it's only a 29 dollar upgrade, and there isn't multiple variations. You get one product with full features.
Just wish my window's upgrades were as cheap. Remember when I upgraded from Vista premium 32bit to ultimate 64bit, that put me back about $200 at the time.
Microsoft needs to do the same thing with windows 7, just one OS with full features, instead of multiple OS.
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#9
YinYang.ERROR
Woody112 said:
Lets not forget it's only a 29 dollar upgrade, and there isn't multiple variations. You get one product with full features.
Just wish my window's upgrades were as cheap. Remember when I upgraded from Vista premium 32bit to ultimate 64bit, that put me back about $200 at the time.
Microsoft needs to do the same thing with windows 7, just one OS with full features, instead of multiple OS.
Hah, yes they do. I'm sick of paying out the ass for a operating system.

But eh... They pretty much have a monopoly on Computer Gaming, so what are you going to do?
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#10
Woody112
YinYang.ERROR said:
Hah, yes they do. I'm sick of paying out the ass for a operating system.

But eh... They pretty much have a monopoly on Computer Gaming, so what are you going to do?
Very True, except you can take "pretty much" out of it, they do have a monopoly. Nature of the beast I guess. O-well
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#11
to6ko91
YinYang.ERROR said:
Hah, yes they do. I'm sick of paying out the ass for a operating system.

But eh... They pretty much have a monopoly on Computer Gaming, so what are you going to do?
Download pirated version of the OS :p and dont give them a cent for that
(not that I do it ....:D)
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#12
pr0n Inspector
lemonadesoda said:
What is impressive about Apple is that even though a much smaller company (relative to MS in OS sales/use) they are making 64-bit happen now, incl a full suite of applications.

MS has taken FOREVER to come to the concept of doing Win7 as 64 bit and running a 32bit VM for compatibility. They should have done that with XP. XP-64 should have had a 32-bit VM inbuilt. It if unforgiveable it took MS so long to solve this.

Nontheless, having both OSX and WinXP/03 I still prefer Windows. I find it much faster to use, and the taskbar is far superior when multitasking/switching between apps.
Windows x64 has been providing 32-bit compatibility through WOW64 since the very beginning but Windows x86 cannot run any 64-bit programs. Many developers can't be bothered to make a separate 64-bit version since their 32-bit apps will (most likely)work on x64 anyway.

There are not many 64-bit apps on OS X either but it's easier for devs to switch because Leopard can run 64-bit apps. Snow Leopard gets a 64-bit kernel and 64-bit system apps(but it's not x64 only like I had thought). However, it still boots the 32-bit kernel by default, which means most users don't have to hunt for 64-bit drivers yet.
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
pr0n Inspector said:
Windows x64 has been providing 32-bit compatibility through WOW64 since the very beginning but Windows x86 cannot run any 64-bit programs. Many developers can't be bothered to make a separate 64-bit version since their 32-bit apps will (most likely)work on x64 anyway.
Exactly that.
MS has always had 32 bit apps running on their x64 OS, what was your point lemonade?
There is no ened to make x64 versions of an application with low memory use (say, MSN, or firefox) so why should they when x86 works fine?

pr0n Inspector said:

There are not many 64-bit apps on OS X either but it's easier for devs to switch because Leopard can run 64-bit apps. Snow Leopard gets a 64-bit kernel and 64-bit system apps(but it's not x64 only like I had thought). However, it still boots the 32-bit kernel by default, which means most users don't have to hunt for 64-bit drivers yet.
they're still doing x86 and x64 at once, so its no different to say MS's first OS like that... XP-64.
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