As expected from the Windows “SuperSite”, the spin is about how it’s actually a bad thing to get patches. The implication is that having to wait forever for any significant patch to, say, Vista must prove how good it is.
Because Apple does not allow large numbers of people actually test its products before releasing them publicly, Mac users have to wait for a major update after each OS X release before they get to something resembling final, RTM-quality code.
See the reviews, Paul. It’s well-known that Vista was a horrid release, while Leopard had nowhere near (not even a little bit close) the issues Vista had. I put Leopard on my iMac the day after it was released and love it. I do not deny there were issues (heck, Tiger was considered solid and even it still has issues), but they were nowhere near as widespread, or caused the overall grief, as Vista’s.
Sadly, TidBits jumped on the “out of beta” shtick as well (they published after Paul, so I guess they borrowed from him). Funny how some of the Mac sites that clung so tightly to Apple back when they were sucking now push back so hard when Apple is kicking ass.
Getting back to Paul:
That release shipped today as Mac OS X 10.5.2, a massive 180 MB patch to Leopard that fixes some of the stupidity Apple forced on users in Leopard.
We get it. Calling it “massive” makes it bad. Gotcha. Microsoft likes to operate in the belief that small, “stealth” patches dribbled out over time that fix very little is the best way to go. Guess what? They’re wrong.
Paul should cut the spinning and just admit it: It’s killing him that Apple delivered a quick patch (10.5.1), and now a major one, in just over three months while Vista’s SP1 is still not ready for the public and it’s been well over a year!
Meanwhile, Paul’s own installation of said SP1 looks so frightening you’d be better off buying a new PC. But installing Apple’s “massive” 10.5.2 on my iMac was a matter of using Software Updater and rebooting. It took around 10 minutes. Same thing on my MacBook. Oooooooh, massive.
Microsoft is jerking Paul’s and their customers’ chains, and he just can’t understand why Apple doesn’t do the same to its customers.