snow leopard will be huge.it is not a service pack.apple does not show its tricks on the desktop screen but beneath its the most refined os and the most problem free os in the world.windows 7 is cool but people will again revert back to xp because people are comfortable with xp now.when that will change i dont know.but well for me i am moving on to windows 7 and xp usb edition on my pen drive just in case.
“Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.
Okay better support for multicore processors if i'm not mistaken doesn't vista already have good support for this? Please do correct me if i'm wrong.
To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.
Support for a massive amount of ram that we probably won't untilize for about 70 - 200 years
I can only imagine ms will support this by time we even come remotely close to needing it the only computers who use that much ram are warehouse sized systems that cost millions
Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.
Nvidia and MS beat them to the punch
Cuda and DirectX 11 anyone?
Microsoft adds a extremely efficient kernel and productivity modifications and a beautiful new gui but remarked as "simply a service pack" but apple releases a $120 OS upgrade with 3 features a average user will never use and people are shitting there pants waiting for it. Sure Apple makes good OS's but they get way more praise then they deserve with some of the fanboys out here Job's could kill your family and you guys would come up with some reason on why it was for the greater good.
Edited by InlineSkate, 08 February 2009 - 07:11 AM.