AppleInisder recently posted an article talking about 5 features in Snow Leopard that aren’t getting talked about enough.
There were two of them that I thought should really be talked about, that’s the slimmer applications and ZFS support.
One of the major goals Apple stated when they first announced Snow Leopard was a reduced foot print on your hard drive, that means that OS X would take up drastically less space, most likely to accommodate cheaper solid state disks in notebooks.
But, the changes are going to be amazing, with the most dramatic changing coming to Mail.app which is going to go from a whopping 287MB to about 91MB. We should see changes like that across the board for applications built specifically for Snow Leopard.
And now, we talk about ZFS. ZFS was originally designed by Sun Microsystems for the Solaris Operating System but is going to be supported by Snow Leopard when it is released next year.
Mac OS X 10.5 currently supports read-only ZFS support but Snow Leopard is going to provide read and write support of the file system. This new hard drive format has many advantages including, automatic error correction, dynamic volume expansion, and data redundancy.
If Apple is able to release Snow Leopard next year with these two features and also have the other three listed by AppleInsider, they’re really going to have something that most people will find incredibly difficult to stay away from.