I upgraded my Mac iBook last night. Although it is up and running now, the upgrade was somewhat difficult and problematical.
First, I didn't like that there is insufficient feedback as to what is happening. Several times during the "Install" phase, and especially at the very beginning of it, I thought the machine was frozen. Only by putting my ear to the keyboard could I tell that the upgrade to Tiger was proceeding.
Because it was taking so long, I didn't stay in attendance and went off to clean up the kitchen and unpack from our weekend away. When I came back, it appeared to be rebooting. I sat for a minute and watched it, but Tiger obviously had a lot of work to do as the hourglass stayed and the hard drive clicked away merrily. I went away and watched TV for fifteen minutes. When I came back, it had my screensaver up and running, so I thought it might be all done, but only the blue screen that comes up just before login was behind it. The hard drive was still active, though the Tiger seemed to have stopped running about actively and was just scratching himself now and then.
I left it alone for almost an hour and returned to find the same situation. No keys elicited any response, so I finally gave up and power booted (hold Ctrl-Apple and Power button on an iBook). This time I sat and watched, though I had forgotten to put it into the console single-user mode ( hold Apple-S at startup) so that I could see what was really happening.
Again I got the blue screen. I waited a bit, puttering about with other things and reading the scant documentation that comes in the Tiger box. Finally, a bit disgusted, I was fat fingering a second power off when the login suddenly appeared. That was a relief! I logged in, and everything appeared to be fine. I decided the leave the machine on overnight and went to bed. My hope was that if there was indexing to be done for Spotlight, leaving it running overnight could get that done so that it wouldn't be slowing me down in the morning.
This morning, Tiger seems a bit sleepy and sluggish at times, but alert and quick other times. I haven't been able to form a real opinion about performance yet, but generally the system seems happy enough. I tried out the Spotlight searching and was suitably impressed. Dashboard widgets look interesting, but I've too many other things to do today; playing with Tiger will have to wait. Given the trouble I had with the upgrade, I think I want to do a full install later on this week. We'll see - if Tiger misbehaves, that's a definite.
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