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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the busy-servers dept.

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hypnosec writes "Apple has announced that its latest Mac OS X version, Mountain Lion, has had three million downloads in just four days thereby making it the most successful OS in Cupertino's history. Philip Schiller, iPhone maker's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said, 'Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.'"

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Actual title should be (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820635)

iSheeple download new iCrap at record speeds!

Re:Actual title should be (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820703)

Ostriches don't notice trends right under their nose, because their head is in the sand. The internet is a fad, right BillG? Enjoy your COBOL.

Re:Actual title should be (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820749)

Didn't you forget the 'Sent from my iCrap device' line below your post?

Re:Actual title should be (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820807)

I sent it from my *rad* free Linux distribution of the month. If only I could find that config file that moves from distro to distro to change it.

Re:Actual title should be (5, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820715)

"Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever."

or?

We were all very eager for a path forward that offered fixes and completion for Lion's half-realized and sometimes infuriating design / implementation choices. :-)

Re:Actual title should be (3, Funny)

localman57 (1340533) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820759)

We were all very eager for a path forward that offered fixes and completion for Lion's half-realized and sometimes infuriating design / implementation choices. :-)

Ah, yes. Going forward, I propose that we call this the "Windows Vista Hangover effect."

Re:Actual title should be (5, Insightful)

Torp (199297) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820813)

I don't know about the 2999999 other sheep, but i will be upgrading my laptop from snow leopard to mountain lion indeed. I liked some features in Lion, but they sounded like they needed improvement. Mountain Lion may be it.
Also, it's cheap.

Re:Actual title should be (5, Interesting)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820903)

FileVault2 is worthwhile.

So is multi-destination Time Machine.

There's a bunch of better integrations to iCloud - which are interesting - and make Time Machine less valuable, at the same time. ;-)

The other cloud/SaaS plugin services are no use to me, as I don't Twit, etc.

I like airplay mirroring. It makes my 1080p TV a big display via Apple TV - without cabling.

Re:Actual title should be (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821307)

I like airplay mirroring. It makes my 1080p TV a big display via Apple TV - without cabling.

That feature alone is worth the $20 to quite a few people. This is no service pack.

Re:Actual title should be (2)

adlib24 (739952) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821001)

Mod up parent. The main reason I moved to Lion was to FINALLY be able to resize windows by selecting anywhere on the frames. This was an obvious and long overdue feature, but they changed many things that didn't need changing. I can think of no reasons to stay on Lion as the grass certainly looks greener on the Mountain, but maybe that's just because my boots are covered in mud.

Re:Actual title should be (3, Insightful)

FreshlyShornBalls (849004) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821159)

Indeed. It boggles the mind as to why they finally fixed that feature, but still have not enabled simple file operations (copy / paste / rename / etc.) in the File Open and File Save dialogs. I can't tell you how pissed I get when I have to stop what I'm doing, open a Finder window and then navigate all over again to a location just to rename a folder, for example.

Re:Actual title should be (1)

rsborg (111459) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821035)

"Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever."

or?

We were all very eager for a path forward that offered fixes and completion for Lion's half-realized and sometimes infuriating design / implementation choices. :-)

I'll take that over Microsoft's Vista, which took 5 years to arrive after XP landed. Even at its longest, Apple has never left their users without an OS update for more than 2.5 years (Tiger - during which they added support for Intel processors).

Re:Actual title should be (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821125)

Except that Mac OSX updates are akin to Windows service packs which are free and just as frequent.

Re:Actual title should be (1)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821327)

you are aware -why- there was such a gap between xp and vista, right?

or are you just poking MS with a stick to amuse yourself?

Re:Actual title should be (2, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820741)

Haterade Addicts get Another Opportunity to Bitch About Apple!

Re:Actual title should be (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820783)

This discussion thread brought to you by Slashdot, proud sponsor of the 2012 Smartphone OS Flame War.

Re:Actual title should be (4, Insightful)

DJRumpy (1345787) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820873)

Can't agree more. /. is becoming a joke as a 'news for nerds' site. They turn into the trollfest we see above. Every single post above is flamebait.

The fact that OS X broke out of the marginal OS arena is good news for any non-windows platform, regardless of who makes it. It's also of interest to the enterprise crowd looking for alternatives to Windows 8, and not only due to the fact that this happens to be OS X but also because they may look at other alternatives if Windows grip on the computer market isn't rock solid.

Re:Actual title should be (1)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821367)

I would have tried OSX ages ago, if only Apple let me install it on hardware I already owned instead of purchasing new hardware which is spec'd damn near the same as what I've already got.

yes I'm aware of hackintosh'ing your machine. just seems like too much of a hassle.

I did try the OS in a VM. it was alright, but you can only learn so much about an OS from a VM. you've got to actually live with it a few months to really know what it's like.

Re:Actual title should be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820913)

MS must be in bad shape when they're having to outsource the shills/trolls.

And she's not only merely dead
She's really, most sincerely dead!

Re:Actual title should be (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820999)

Yeah, because it's always hilarious to mock people who believe they 'Think Different' by buying mass-produced consumer electronics from one multibillion dollar multinational vs another.

Re:Actual title should be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821225)

So you want to encourage them to 'think different' by seeing things your way.

Brain damage.

Re:Actual title should be (2, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821315)

Why Apple? This has very little to do with Apple actually. This is more about a lame tech press that treats every Apple press release like something that's going to win them a Pulizter.

"Apple sees record downloads after it pushes users to downloads"

That's not news, that's the kind of math that PolySci professors think you don't need to learn.

Re:Actual title should be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820763)

Got some iComplaint coming in even faster over here.

But the big question... (1)

camperslo (704715) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820811)

Who'll be first to get it to run on an x86 Surface tablet?

At $99 fire sale prices, those would be pretty decent with Lion added.
Zoom the menus for touch with the magnify routines the dock uses?

Re:But the big question... (2)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820847)

I thought we all agreed that a desktop OS was a terrible idea on a tablet. OSX doesn't even have the touch amenities that Windows 7 does.

Re:But the big question... (1)

camperslo (704715) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821179)

I thought we all agreed that a desktop OS was a terrible idea on a tablet. OSX doesn't even have the touch amenities that Windows 7 does.

I'm not talking a commercial product, just a hack that would be interesting to see. Certainly the desktop OSes won't scale down to smartphones well. But I suspect that whatever experiments Steve passed over in the labs would still be interesting, and probably more fun/functional than what the other guys will ship. Access to OS X apps on something that wouldn't get used otherwise would be a fun twist.
Apple has done quite a bit with multi-touch. They could likely apply it in new places, maybe toggling it on for sections of the screen or a flat KB.

Re:Actual title should be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821211)

LOL -- two each his own I suppose.
Best OS [from Apple] I've seen to date -- the system got snappier.
The best part? I had the foresight to buy AAPL stock multiple splits ago.
[ie: laughing all the way to the bank AND using / loving their products]

The Muzzys are coming (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820639)

The Muzzys are coming
The Muzzys are coming
Everyone keep calm
They're evil and they're violent
And they mean to do us harm.

senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (0)

game kid (805301) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820705)

God, these titles like "senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing" fry my nerves. Does he answer to the very senior executive vice president of universal sales and PR? *sigh*

Anyway, well done, Apple.

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (2)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820805)

The average Sales Man often gets the title of VP of sales. Because they need to work with the other companies higher ups, having a VP in their title makes them seem important, not just a normal sales guy.

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820821)

Where I work people can enter their own job titles on the internal 'phone book' on the intranet.

As you can imagine everyone is senior this, senior that etc ... except for one of the sysadmins in India who is the 'Most Senior Systems Administrator'

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820895)

I wish we had that. I'd be High Potentate And Head Muckety Muck.

No, wait... SENIOR High Potentate And Head Muckety Muck.

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820919)

Mod Parent Up

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (4, Informative)

dingen (958134) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820889)

He answers only to the CEO, as do all senior VP's. There are just nine of these guys [apple.com] and they're each responsible for a fundamental aspect of Apple's operation.

I agree most corporate titles are complete bullshit, and I'm sure there are also lots of these folks running around at Apple Inc. But imho Apple's Senior VPs aren't really part of that nonsense as their titles actually show their responsibility and function pretty well.

Re:senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821059)

point is: why does the title need to mention "worldwide"? it's not like there are several senior VPs of marketing... It seems the only valid reason is the same as the reason why those sales managers all want to be called VP of marketing..

Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820707)

I have to wonder how many of these are people that received a free upgrade with their new Macintoshes... /didn't rtfm

All of them (1, Redundant)

Theaetetus (590071) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820735)

I have to wonder how many of these are people that received a free upgrade with their new Macintoshes... /didn't rtfm

Maybe you should have:

Philip Schiller, iPhone maker’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said, “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.”

Re:All of them (2)

vux984 (928602) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820789)

Yes, and everyone who bought mac in the last few months had it ship with lion, but was entitled to upgrade and download mountain lion for FREE.

Re:All of them (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820941)

Yes, and everyone who bought mac in the last few months had it ship with lion, but was entitled to upgrade and download mountain lion for FREE.

You're right. I withdraw my previous objection.

Re:All of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821195)

Not to mention that everyone who downloaded it either by purchasing it or by getting a free copy through the up-to-date program is entitled to download it multiple times on any of their personal machines. I'm in the category of having bought a new retina MBP and having downloaded and installed it on all 3 of my other Macs, so I may represent 4 downloads of the software.

Re:All of them (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821011)

I'm not sure how your quote confirms or refutes what he said. It sounds like you think he thinks there was a DVD in a package of recent purchases.

Purchasers of a new machine on or after June 11 do get a free upgrade to Mountain Lion. I don't know if those are counted in these numbers.

Re:Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (1)

Baldrake (776287) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820781)

Possibly fewer than you'd think... Apple actually made claiming the free update hard enough that I'm considering just paying the $20.

Re:Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820835)

What was so hard about it? I sent in my request (a simple web form) then got 2 emails 2 days later. One with an encrypted PDF and another with the password. In that PDF was the entitlement for the download. Plugged that into the app store and my download was going. All told it was about 3 minutes from opening my mail to starting the download. The 2 emails thing with the encrypted PDF seems a bit convoluted to be sure but the whole process was extremely simple.

Re:Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (2)

Dynedain (141758) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820837)

Hard to claim?

Click on link on Apple homepage. Fill in contact info and serial number (Apple Menu->About This Mac.... copy/paste). Click submit.

A day or two later, get an email with a redemption code for the App store.

Input redemption code, click install.

Re:Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821027)

Yes on the day of release most people either couldn't get a code or Apple was sending out duplicate codes that other people had already redeemed.

Re:Sounds impressive, but how many are paid.. (1)

Baldrake (776287) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821121)

Don't forget the step of finding your proof of purchase, scanning it and uploading it.

I agree, it's not hard in the sense that solving global warming is hard, but given that I bought it through work and have to track down whatever purchasing drone can provide proof of purchase, and then have to find a scanner, and then have to find (again) the link to that web page (where I already filled in the whole form before getting to the point where I discovered I needed the scan of the proof of purchase), it's looking awfully tempting just to hit the "buy" button and pay the 20 bucks.

Your time-vs-bucks tradeoff may be different from mine.

Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

justdiver (2478536) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820719)

Waterworld grossed $21 million in its opening weekend. But that doesn't mean the film was good or that it was an overall success. Initial release numbers can be tacked up against hype. Let's wait and see how it is doing 3 months from now after the apple fan boys aren't inflating the download numbers.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (3, Funny)

tsa (15680) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820753)

All Apple users are fanboys/girls. You just become one after having used such marvellously perfect hardware and software for a while. Face it: there is nothing better!

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820961)

Really mods? Obvious flamebait is being marked as +1?

The only thing slashdot has going for it is the dialoge and once you start elevating comments like this, you do a disservice to the entire community. I stopped reading Digg for this very reason.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

justdiver (2478536) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821147)

For the record, my initial post was not flame bait. I thought, although some seem to have disagreed, that I was making a valid point. An initial release does not spell overall success. 3 months from now, if not a single Mountain Lion has been sold or downloaded (unlikely but possible) then will it still be considered "the most successful release ever"?

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820757)

Holy shit, a Waterworld reference? You couldn't think of a better analogy?

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (2)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820839)

Actually, Waterworld-reference works exceedingly well for bringing about his point. Waterworld a lot of money in the beginning, but eventually failed to satisfy expectations.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820881)

Ya but maybe 20% of the people on this form even know what it means. You know that 30s movie that sucked? Ya well that applies here.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821357)

Not familiar with Waterworld?

This is Slashdot, not your grandma's sewing circle.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

justdiver (2478536) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820921)

Thank you for understanding the point that I was trying to make. After the initial "look shiny and new!" phase has worn off, will Mountain Lion be a lasting success?

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821025)

That I do not know nor do I bother to guess, either. I simply do not know much about OSX or what people expect from the latest release as I don't own a single Apple-device, it would be rather presumptuous of me to make any sorts of claims regarding that. Also, how should one even define "success" in this case? The size of installation-base? End-user satisfaction? Amount of expectations fulfilled? Profit generated? Those can all be viewed as successes in their own right, and atleast installation-base-wise Mountain Lion will be a success simply because a large number of people will buy the upgrade just because it's "new."

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820865)

How about Windows Vista?

"Within its first month, 20 million copies of Vista were sold, double the amount of Windows XP sales within its first month in October 2001, five years earlier."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_vista#Reception [wikipedia.org]

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821279)

And yet at its peak it had 20 times the market share of Linux on the desktop. So if Vista was a fail then desktop Linux is a major fucking joke.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820815)

Waterworld is a guilty pleasure of mine. I watch it every time it's on TV. It's everything I love about bad 90s movies.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820981)

Me too. I watch "The Postman" on my iPad every time Apple releases another OS.

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821349)

Waterworld

I'm seventeen, and what is this?!!



never mind, I don't really care

Re:Huge initial release does not mean sucess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821369)

Waterworld is a guilty pleasure of mine. I watch it every time it's on TV. It's everything I love about bad 90s movies.

Long, boring, dull, with obvious smarmy references to current ecological catastrophes, and ending with the obliteration of Dennis Hopper?

Yeah this is news... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820729)

I wonder how much this site is getting paid to try and convince the iSheep to join the crowd?

Ok... but why? (2)

Kenja (541830) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820733)

Not seen a reason to upgrade myself. What feature is it that people are after?

Re:Ok... but why? (5, Informative)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820827)

Airplay that can mirror anything on you see on the Mac to an AppleTv was the killer feature for me. Also time machine backups can be set to rotate between different targets

Re:Ok... but why? (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820855)

What feature is it that people are after?

I waited a couple of days, to check that there were no obvious glitches on loading, and then went for it — I wanted it for one thing only, really, and that was a bug fix: faster logging in after opening the screen / coming out from sleep/hibernation/whatever it is.

Re:Ok... but why? (2)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820927)

For me, it was the AirPlay Mirroring, which lets me stream my desktop in 1080p with audio from my Mac to my Apple TV in a different room. I had in the past looked into getting a dedicated "wireless HDMI" device, but that tends to run into the hundreds very quickly.

Other than that, they added iCloud, Notification Center, Reminders, and a lot of other niceties from iOS. For the new features, Gatekeeper is getting the most press probably, and while I find the trend that it might be indicative of to be a frightening one, I do think that it, taken alone, is a great feature that helps to keep novice users much more secure while keeping hassle to a minimum, and since it can be easily circumvented without needing to be a pro user, I don't see it as problematic. Also, unlike Lion, which changed a lot of things in ways that weren't necessarily for the better, I haven't seen anything yet in Mountain Lion that I've felt was a step back. Instead, I'm finding minor, but nice, touches here and there. It makes for a pleasant experience.

So, basically, it feels faster, has a handful of new features, offers a more consistent experience across the Apple ecosystem, and clocks in at $20. I thought it was worth it, but as I'm sure anyone can see, I'm a bit of a fanboy.

Re:Ok... but why? (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821139)

Gatekeeper is getting the most press probably, and while I find the trend that it might be indicative of to be a frightening one, I do think that it, taken alone, is a great feature that helps to keep novice users much more secure while keeping hassle to a minimum, and since it can be easily circumvented without needing to be a pro user, I don't see it as problematic

Well, with good reason, because people fear that the "Anywhere" optoin can be removed at any time.

Which is very unlikely for many reasons.

First, gatekeeper only applies to applications downloaded off the Internet which have been tagged as downloaded (extended attribute). "Local" applications don't have that (and the attribute can be removed). Interestingly, applications you compile don't have that attribute. This can be the makings for an OS that enforces open-source by ensuring applications are distributed open-source...

Second, various policies make the Mac App Store unsuitable. E.g., a maximum price of $1000 for an app may be far too low for more specialized apps (E.g., AutoCAD 2012. The LE version is on the MAS, but the full package is not because it costs a lot more than the limit). Plus, apps have to be self-contained (no utilities, exnteions, or other stuff - so menubar things, drivers and the like have to be distributed elsewhere. Also, no demo apps.

Finally - well, there's Adobe and Microsoft, who have shown very little interest in the MAS and are unlikely to do so for various reasons.

The only reason to use MAS is access to iCloud, which also enforces sandboxing. Why regular apps can't is probably easy to see from a security perspective - if an app gets infected through some mechanism, that app can infect its own iCloud documents (reminicient of Word infections). If iCloud was available to all apps, it can result in basically a Mac that can never be cleaned of malware since a vulnerable app (without sandboxing) would read the infected iCloud document, get infected and infect the rest of the Mac (assuming the developer doesn't update the app and the user didn't download an updated version - with boxed software, this is common). With MAS sandboxing, the infection stays with the app alone. I suppose you can ask why not sandboxed apps - well, sandboxed apps can easily request every permission because the developer is lazy, and Apple can verify MAS apps for excessive permission usage.

As for the enforcing open-source, well, like I said, Gatekeeper doesn't apply to non-internet sourced apps. So if you compile it yourself, gatekeeper should be out of your way. If you use open-source, skip the binary and build from source....

Re:Ok... but why? (4, Informative)

dingen (958134) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820929)

The real killer feature is that ML is faster than Lion and runs better on systems with less than 4 GB of RAM.

But only 2 people installed it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820737)

But only 2 people installed it! Just kidding. Apple you the man. If I can get something fast and cheap I go for it to. Just think if you dropped your prices for all the other devices and things you sale. You would be on top of the world!

Depends on Why... (4, Insightful)

localman57 (1340533) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820739)

Remember that Windows 7 was Microsoft's most successful OS ever, in terms of adoption speed. Part of it had to do with the new features that 7 introduced, but part of it also had to do with how incredibly craptacular Vista was. Not saying that's neccesarily the case here; just saying you have to think a bit past the marketing hype.

Re:Depends on Why... (1)

Ucklak (755284) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821287)

There are also more people alive in the world since XP.

I hope Windows 8 isn't as bad as Vista was.

.. in other news ... (1, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820743)

.. in other news, Apple's new bot downloading cluster works perfectly. 2.8 million test downloads in 4 days.

what no official torrent??? (1, Interesting)

advocate_one (662832) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820745)

would have saved them quite a bit of bandwidth... and given another legitimate use for torrents...

Re:what no official torrent??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820991)

As if anyone at Apple cares about the cost of bandwidth to distribute Mountain Lion given the bandwidth required to run the rest of the App Store and Music Stores.

Other ways than torrents to save bandwidth (4, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821053)

would have saved them quite a bit of bandwidth

So does Akamai, which is what Apple uses.

Mountain Lion Meowed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820771)

Installed and got tired of its quirks in less than 72 hours the reverted back to Snow Leopard.

I admit, it's alright (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820775)

I develop for iOS, and updating my laptop just to be able to develop has been really annoying in 10.5 and 10.6. Generally, many things get worse (e.g., Safari, TextEdit, iCal, XCode) and the new features are completely irrelevant -- e.g., "Oh, another way of doing the same thing as the dock! Yay!" But this upgrade has been painless thus far. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the first time I wouldn't actively warn people away from updating unless absolutely necessary.

Re:I admit, it's alright (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820819)

Oops, I meant 10.6 and 10.7 were annoying. 10.5 was alright.

Why not? (5, Informative)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820777)

Barring comparability and performance regressions, at $20 why not upgrade? From my usage, Mountain Lion doesn't offer any real drastic changes, just some polish and some optional features, some of which are welcome, some which I'll probably never use. I haven't run into any showstopper bugs, and it's generally just a run-of-the mill upgrade with some nice features. Apple always claims they've added hundreds of new features, but their threshold for a "feature" seems to be lower and lower with each release, with even the lowliest check box being counted as a "feature" right next to full applications like iMessage or Reminders or Gatekeeper. When you separate the features by magnitude, there are only really a handful that stand out. I know every release of OSX is a "point" release, but Mountain Lion really captures the meaning behind the phrase.

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821107)

Listen to my story. When I upgraded to Lion on release day, the included firmware update effectively bricked my mid2010 15" mbp. Whenever the Nvidia card is engaged the system locks up with a blank, black screen. Before the lion update the machine was flawless.
It took apple ages to acknowledge the issue. I even took it to an apple store and left it with them overnight to 'test it out'. I get the machine back a few days later, get home, turn it on, 5 seconds later BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH.

For this reason alone I will NOT upgrade to mountain lion.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3191083?start=2745&tstart=0

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4088

Re:Why not? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821207)

You're full of shit.

Not only that, but if it's actually true then you're a fucking idiot. Hurrdurrr, old operating system was broken, so that's a reason NOT to upgrade to a new one that includes bug fixes... HURRRDURRR

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821221)

you comrade are a loyal iDiot. Have another glass of koolaid.

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821313)

Why not? Because Mountain Lion 1) won't run on almost all my Macs, 2) it removed the SAVE AS choice, 3) the main goal of Mountain Lion appears to be to corral software developers into using Apple's App Store for all sales.

Can't justify the price of hardware to run it (0)

KrazyDave (2559307) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820795)

Good on you, Apple and all those who live in glass and stainless steel houses who can afford to keep buying the beautiful and sleek Apple hardware on which to run Mountain Lion, but remember: we all are reading and looking at the same crapilly-written web content, inane YouTube videos and amateurish blogs that you do on our machines.

Re:Can't justify the price of hardware to run it (1)

maccodemonkey (1438585) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820907)

Breaking news: Tech blogs covering release of operating system that every single member of their readership may not be using. "Industry relevance" cited.

Obi-Wan (0)

nighty5 (615965) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820853)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Re:Obi-Wan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821019)

I think those voices were Windows users.

Re:Obi-Wan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821285)

What the hell did Apple do to the Windows users?!
I thought Darth Jobs was dead.

So there are three million idiots out there. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40820915)

Who would have guessed ?

Some quality reporting there, chief. (0)

ColaMan (37550) | about a year and a half ago | (#40820975)

This submission is terrible. Is there a parrot in the room? You don't say "Such and such said this" and then in the next sentence insert a quote from Such and such saying EXACTLY THAT.

At least try to summarise the facts in your own words.

I was going to read a few more articles on Slashdot today, but I think I might go check out a few subreddits instead. Or maybe swipe through a few pages of Google Currents. Seeya.

Mac is the cheaper alternative (0, Offtopic)

FranTaylor (164577) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821047)

If you are a typical professional software developer and your OSX machine saves you five minutes every day in time and frustration compared to a similar Windows system, then the added price of the OSX machine will pay for itself in less than a year.

Re:Mac is the cheaper alternative (1)

Wain13001 (1119071) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821097)

If you are a typical professional software developer and your OSX machine saves you five minutes every day in time and frustration compared to a similar Windows system, then the added price of the OSX machine will pay for itself in less than a year.

If you are a typical software developer the above doesn't happen because why would you develop on an OSX machine when you're not developing for the OSX platform?

2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (4, Insightful)

mpetch (692893) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821261)

Yesterday I went to the App Store, only to learn that my 2007 Mac Mini (Purchased in 2008) didn't have the hardware requirements to run OS/X Mountain Lion. I have a 64bit CPU, 2GB ram, but only have 32bit EFI. Apparently the video in this unit isn't supported. I was a bit surprised that 5 year old equipment just isn't worth it to Apple to support. If someone asks why I needed to upgrade - it was required to build and test some open source projects I work on.

icrap (-1, Flamebait)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about a year and a half ago | (#40821263)

Who cares about Apple OS's? The whole company sucks and so do their overpriced products. I hear it sucks ass to work at Apple. Its very cutthroat and the company that makes their hardware, Foxconn, literally has nets outside the windows to save would-be jumpers from committing suicide.

Re:icrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40821291)

I agree.

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