Fix Snow Leopard issues with SMB

Apple’s OS X Leopard (10.5) had problems with accessing Samba shares. Most of them got fixed in late Leopard releases, 10.5.4/10.5.5. During the last Leopard releases the hope arose, that finally OS X will make it into office environments sharing Windows networks.

Then, Apple released Snow Leopard (10.6). Another step into the right direction by providing built-in support for Exchange Server and Google services. But what happened with SMB? The whole story started all over again. While Samba-shares worked pretty well on Leopard, in Snow Leopard all seemed to be messed up again.

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EncFSVault as a FileVault replacement

EncFSVault provides a replacement for Apple’s FileVault. There are a lot of issues with FileVault. Personally I don’t like any proprietary software for security sensitive storage of my data. But the main reason I was not able to use FileVault was the fact that FileVault still doesn’t provide support for case sensitive HFS+ file systems as of OS X Leopard 10.5.6. That’s a shame!
My choice was EncFSVault. Good or bad choice?

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More OS X Leopard Tips & Tricks

I collected some more Tips & Tricks to tweak OS X Leopard (also see my previous article). In my eyes, these modifications are all 100% necessary for a great daily Mac experience. I was a Windows guy and I’m running Debian/Ubuntu Linux for the last 7 years for server purposes. But now, for daily work I really start to get used to my MacBook Pro running OS X Leopard 10.5.6. I still hate Apple for lately focusing on its schicky-micky customers with all their shiny glossy expensive housewife gadgets. But I love OS X. It just needs some tiny little tweaks…

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Leopard 10.5.1 massive data loss bug / JPEG corruption

I strongly do NOT recommend to use Mac OS X Leopard in a productive environment!

The initial release 10.5 got launched on October 26, 2007. It contained a number of serious bugs which should have been addressed in the first upgrade. On November 15th Apple released the first major upgrade 10.5.1. Most people believe all serious bugs are squashed by now and start to use Leopard in productive environments. I would rather wait for 10.5.2 or even 10.5.3!

Here you’ll find an extensive article about the massive data loss bug in Leopard by Tom Karpik.
His tests are based on Leopard 10.5 and I didn’t find any information about this bug still persisting in 10.5.1. But I was pretty shocked about what happened to me last night…

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Tips & Tricks

Warning: This article was written by a Windows/Linux User who just started to switch to OS X after a period of 10 macless years.

Two days ago I got my new Mac Mini and finally I’m serious about switching from Windows Vista to Mac OS X Leopard. It’s just too annoying to wait 4 years for a new Windows system which is worse than it’s predecessor and which might start to get useful as of SP1 which still is not out (my standby still does not work and I gave up on installing “SP1 beta pre-RC1″ – what the hell?!!). Vista is more like a blown-up XP that does everything worse than XP. I like its user interface but not if I need to sacrifice 50% of my CPU-power on a powerful IBM T60p.

My first impression of OS X Leopard: WOW!
My second impression: If you go with all the defaults, it works like a charm. If you want to get a bit further, OS X is no way easier to fine tune as a Windows OS but still much easier as tuning a Linux.
My conclusion: Cool, Leopard rocks! But hey, be realistic, each OS got his pros and cons.

Here are my Tips & Tricks of the last two days…
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