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The big switch to Lion part 1

I’m in the middle of the big transition. When Apple released the new twice-as-amazing operating system (Lion), I scanned through the new features list, and frankly didn’t find much cause to rush the upgrade. But now, as I have new machines (came with Lion preinstalled) and Pro Tools is fully Lion compatible, I have no more reason for procrastinate the inevitable. While I love having the newest and the best, regarding to working environment I’m kinda old school guy. I only upgrade if it is absolutely necessary, or if the new version have some really special feature.

The reason for the upgrade in my case now is obviously the newcomers with the preinstalled ‘bigcat’ operating system. At first, I decided to trust the marketing and give the migration assistant a try. I was prepared to have some hiccups, but I wasn’t prepared for what happened. In one word: chaos! As I had a little free time, first I’ve tried to transfer all my apps and account to the new machine. The migration assistant miserably failed. I have one or two apps that are not Lion compatible yet, but the rest of the apps are absolutely compatible with the new os. But migration assistant failed to properly transfer at least 80% of my apps. The apps were there, but didn’t launch. This was the first nasty surprise, but the rest was even worse than this. My account was totally screwed up. Only two things were right: the password and the photo of the login screen. Nothing else. Missing files, missing settings, bad privileges, etc. So in the first few hours I was forced to try the reinstall (hold command+r while booting up). I was not happy as you might imagine. Migration assistant is a great thing if the only thing you have is a few mail accounts, maybe an iPhoto library and a few documents, but as soon as you have many apps, customized settings, it fails. At least this is my experience.

I wasn’t against the fresh install at the first place, but many of my friends suggested the migration assistant app. Lion installation went smooth, and as I have full bootable system backups, I thought the important things can be copied easily. To be honest, I recommend this method to everyone. Do NOT use the built-in assistant, use your backup, and transfer the things you need in the new os. It takes longer, but you can decide what really happens, and once you select and copy the data, you are almost done. Now, the harder part is the software installation process. Many apps, many plugins, authorizations, serials, drivers, etc. After a few hours, I’m ready about 85% of my installs. The most important things are already up and running, but I don’t underestimate the work remained in that 25%. So far so good, everything is smooth and fast, but when I’m going to finish the whole process, will report back with more concrete results and experiences.


Most importantly, I wish everyone a happy new year!