Mountain Lion On My MacBook Air

Mountain Line Install Screen

Mountain Line Install Screen

I wasn’t very excited about Mountain Lion but an upgrade was inevitable. So with my vacation starting Saturday I decided to kick it off by upgrading my MacBook Air. Actually, I decided to take the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and do a fresh installation.

Creating a bootable USB drive with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) on it is easy enough and there are numerous how-to’s out there.

I started off by making a backup image with SuperDuper. I also removed all the Time Machine folder exclusions so everything would be backed up to Time Machine without exception. This gave me two backups before I flattened the hard drive.

Installation was straightforward. I did make the same mistake I always seem to make. Booting from the USB and doing an install straight-away finds the existing install and upgrades it, rather than replaces it. So the second time around I did a drive format first with disk utility (available on the boot/install USB). The actual installation only took about 30 minutes. I installed both Chrome and Firefox since I knew I’d be using them, But the rest of the software gets installed when I actually need it.

The only system issue I’ve had is connecting to my Windows Home Server 2011 box. I can connect to a share if I type the full name directly, but I can’t browse for shares. When I try to browse the server I get a no shares found error. I can browse for shares on my Windows 7 boxes and my Synology NAS so there’s no problem there. So for now it’s manual typing and setting the shares to automatically connect at login. Once I upgrade my Mac Mini I’ll see if it has the same problems or if it’s machine specific.

The only app I have a problem with is Mailplane (A Gmail client). The current version was flagged as incompatible and I was pointed to the beta version. I installed it but bugs make it unusable for me. That drove me to configure Apple Mail. I’ve been away from it for a long time. It took a little tweaking to get along with Gmail, but its been OK. I typically view email on my iPad or iPhone anyway.

I haven’t encountered any other issues in my limited use of Mountain Lion. I did have to download the latest full installs for a couple of my apps so that I had signed copies from “identified devlopers”. So far I haven’t had to loosen security by allowing apps from anywhere, just from the app store and known developers. I suspect I’ll eventually have to open up, but I’ll see how far I get.

The software I’ve installed includes the latest versions of:

  • Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
  • VMware Fusion
  • Bento
  • Acorn
  • Caffeine
  • Evernote
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Arq Backup (by Haystack Software)
  • PinPoint (by Lagente Software)
  • Wx (by Hunter Research and Technology)
  • DVDPedia

Those are the only apps I’ve needed so far. Roaring Apps has a comprehensive list of app compatibility for Mountain Lion.

It’s been less than 24 hours but all the important stuff works so I won’t be going back and I’ll be going all Mountain Lion when I upgrade my Mac Mini later this week. Anyone else running Mountain Lion yet?