As if you didn’t know today is Snow Leopard Day. Yes OS X 10.6 is out officially today. Yes all you lot who have been using the torrent versions, it’s time to go buy and get the real deal. At 29 bucks it’s a steal. Though not literally as that would be 0 bucks. Whatever.
So yes it is faster, takes less room and is all round smarter. How do you install it? The basic way is throw this disk into the drive and double click, OS X will take you through the upgrade process automatically. Make sure you have around 6GB of disk space free before you start, ideally 10GB.
Disconnect your external USB/Firewire disks but do connect your printers and peripherals; OS X will check these and install drivers for them automatically during the install process. Remember that Rosetta, Apple’s backward compatibility option allowing you to run PPC (G3/G4/G5) apps on your Intel hardware, is disabled by default. If you need it customise your install to include it.
If you want to take the better but more advanced route OS X is different than all the other versions so far, no ‘Erase and install’ option exists, or at least no automatic way. Here’s how:
After booting from the Snow Leopard disk choose Utilities > Disk Utility from the first Installer screen, and then manually erase the drive; you can then exit Disk Utility and proceed normally with installation.
Slightly more complex but considering this is designed as an upgrade to Leopard and the functionality is still included, I’ll let Apple off for that.
So I’ve got mine, have you yet?