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2009.09.18, 10:11

snow leopard installer let me jump through hoops

took me some time to finally decide for an upgrade to mac os x snow leopard. after comparing the software I will need for work with the snow leopard compatibility list on wikidot and carefully considering what I could live without for some time yesterday I started the upgrade process by inserting the dvd and double-clicking the setup icon soon after that.

the installer fired up and after some more clicks it presented me with the choice to install snow leopard onto my drobo - wait a second, where were my drives gone?

the installer doesn't offer apple's software raids as destination drives. despite what several knowledge-base articles around that topic state I could figure it out myself. there was no need for breaking the raid up or moving data to another drive and reformating the raid or anything like that.

I just had to boot from the install dvd instead of starting the installer on my booted (snow) leopard. an interesting sidenote: it's not just the drivers - the install process after booting the dvd must be different from the installer application - even I started the installer application from snow leopard it wouldn't show me my raid volumes to install the system onto. that's strange behaviour.

my mac book air crashed after starting the installer from a remote drive - or so I thought - later I tried that again and it just behaved as if it had crashed while examining the system drive for some minutes. the screen wouldn't refresh. when I came back a little later it told me to boot from the install media and had to 'repair' my drive.

installing a new operating system via wifi still gives me the chills. but including the disk repair it went through in less than two hours. the only thing I'm not so happy with is that something very wrong must have happened to the keychain. I'm getting lots of password requests for everything. also many file types don't seem to be connected to the right applications anymore - why ever.

does anyone have a clue why apple wouldn't make rosetta (two megabytes!) a default install option? can't be in the interest of their customers to make this an optional install :/

Faulbaer (what I miss most are letterbox and gpgmail for mail.app)

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