Though it's pitched as a turnkey upgrade for users of the previous Mac operating system, Apple's new "Snow Leopard" OS is not fully compatible with more than 100 existing Mac applications, games, and software utilities, according to a Web site that's tracking software performance on what's officially known as OS X 10.6.
Among the more high profile applications that won't work properly on Snow Leopard, according to postings on Wikidot, are certain versions of Filemaker's Bento database, CheckPoint's SecureClient, and least one version of Cisco's Unified Personal Communicator client software.
Also included on the no-go list for Snow Leopard are Alsoft's DiskWarrior, the official "District 9" movie screensaver, and some versions of the Divx DVD playback software. Significantly, Snow Leopard also automatically installs Java SE 6, according to the wiki, meaning that programs that require previous versions of Java may not run properly.
All told, Wikidot as of midday Tuesday listed more than 100 products that users said don't function correctly with Snow Leopard. Meanwhile, Adobe has said it will not update its Creative Suite 3 desktop publishing platform for full Snow Leopard compatibility, instead choosing to focus on making CS4 fully compatible with OS X 10.6.
Apple on Friday formally released Snow Leopard for sale to the general public. The operating system can be purchased at Apple stores, selected online retailers like Amazon, and authorized Apple resellers.
Snow Leopard introduces a number of new features to the Mac operating environment, including 64-bit versions of Finder, Mail, iCal, iChat, and the Safari Web browser.
Mac OS X 10.6 also includes a new multithreading technology called Grand Central Dispatch that should prove popular with gamers and other users that require maximum horsepower for graphics processing and other computationally intensive tasks. GCD enables applications to take full advantage of multi-core processors.
For corporate users, Snow Leopard offers built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, a feature that could help Apple make gains in the enterprise and small business computing markets -- assuming it all works properly.
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