Mac OS X 10.5.8: The Good and The Bad

18th August 2009
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[Update: “Apple releases fixes for Bluetooth and MacBook Pro hard drives“]

I will admit right now that I was very reluctant to download 10.5.8 (as earlier posts prove) but I’ve updated with the Combo Updater to 10.5.7 and then to 10.5.8 and I’m very happy with the results.

Overall speed seems to be improved, and Safari 4 works particularly well now. My computer reboots flawlessly and I find saving files over a network is more responsive. This could be the “carwash effect” which says that a cleaner, newer OS performs better.

However, I wonder if my CS apps are having a hard time with it? They seem to crash a bit more frequently now that I’ve upgraded, though I do have CS4 demo installed (to be removed in T-minus 5 days, ack!) so that might be part of it.

MacFixit.com articles on Mac OS X 10.5.8 issues is a great collection of issues. If you are having trouble with 10.5.8, go there first.

Many issues have to do with users trying to move system items and applications around in an effort to customise their experience. Try to avoid this and I think you’ll find OS X works really well.

Leave me a comment and tell me if you love or hate OS X 10.5.8 and why.

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Nathaniel Flick

I'm a Front End Web Developer passionate about usability. My primary specialties are HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, LESS, and jQuery and I am very familiar with Foundation and Bootstrap frameworks. I've worked on top of and with Rails, Python, and ASP.net/Umbraco back end frameworks.

  • tamaracole

    I've had consistent troubles with my MacBook 2.1.
    I've had it two years and re-installed the operating system about 10 times! i upgraded from Tiger (x3) to Leopard(x5), and now, after countless installs of Leopard, upgraded to Snow Leopard.
    What a mistake for this Mac!

    Now my hard disk has died!!! and I am running Leopard off an external disk.

    Thank heavens for 10.5.8…. shame about Snow Leopard.
    I even bought DVD +R DLs to burn a copy of the Snow Leopard install disk, but nothing worked.

    Cant see my MacintoshHD at all and reset PRAM. Oh well!
    Roll on 10.5.8…….on external!!! 🙂

    By the way I know a guy from Auckland who's in a band called Quick and the Dead….. Will ?? Haha! as if you would know him just because you're in the same part of town!

    🙂 Back to the MacBook nightmare… i think i've learnt my lesson!

  • Nathaniel

    Sounds like you need to have your laptop's hardware tested. Having to reinstall the OS that many times smells like hardware trouble to me.

    Don't know the band, but send me their url and I'll check out their stuff!