I would definitely be considered an early adopter of technology. I am also one of the original Apple fans. Ever since Apple went to Intel processors, I have been moving to get rid of my PCs and for the past year I have done all my computing on a Mac, except for some work at my office where they still live in the PC world and at the Mesa Regional Family History Center where they still have PCs also. So it is with more than mild interest that I read about a new operating system release. I am especially interested because the price for the upgrade is only $29.95.
But here is the catch. I run literally dozens of different applications on a regular basis. I depend heavily on a variety of programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and many, many other lesser known, but just a vital to me, programs. I can't afford to have my system down or unusable for a long period of time.
So, if finally got to the point where I was ready to spend the time upgrading my system. Almost as an afterthought I decided to read some reviews. I don't mean the reviews that came out with the announcement of the new operating system, I mean actual customer reviews. Guess what? Apple's has its own store, the "App Store" and it is readily available under the Apple in the upper left-hand corner of the screen on my present operating system, Snow Leopard. The App Store has a direct link to purchase OS X Lion (of course) and so I clicked on the link and was ready to purchase and then download my own copy.
It took me only a few seconds to realize something. I have three computers. The new OS X version is entirely a download version. In reading the software license the download will only work on one (1) (read that again) computer. So my "upgrade" will not cost me $29.95 it will cost $89.85! Hmm. That stops me for a few minutes. Then I look again at the Web site.
A list of customer reviews catches my eye. These are current reviews, not release reviews. The vast majority of the reviews are not only negative, but detailed and anguished complaints about crashed systems and applications. Whoa, I am now not in any mood to download the OS without more investigation. So it is off to RoaringApps, the application compatibility wiki for OS X Lion.
I immediately go to the compatibility table and check on Adobe Photoshop CS5. There is a big red X. This App has been tested and does not work properly. Microsoft Office has some problems. Looks like a whole lot more investigation is necessary before I switch to Lion. Stay tuned. I will continue to look into this issue.