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Booting OS X Lion GM: No Welcome Video, New Introduction to Scrolling

With Apple having seeded the Golden Master (GM) version of OS X Lion earlier today, users are finally getting a look at what the OS X Lion experience should be like in the shipping version.

One staple of Mac OS X installations over the past several versions has been the welcome video that displays at first boot, displaying an animation of the word "Welcome" in a number of different languages and set to the song "Exodus Honey" by Honeycut [iTunes link]:


Unfortunately for fans of the video, neither the previous welcome video nor a new one appears to be included in the GM version of OS X Lion. While a welcome video could conceivably still be added at the last minute, previous OS X releases have seen the video included in GM seeds.

Instead, OS X Lion boots straight into Setup Assistant to help users get up and running. And one new addition to Setup Assistant is an introduction to Multi-Touch scrolling, offering users a glimpse at the enhanced Multi-Touch features included in the new operating system.


The text and image are customized depending on the input device being used, such as a Magic Mouse or built-in trackpad.

OS X Lion is set to be released to the public later this month and will be available exclusively through the Mac App Store for $29.99.

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45 months ago
With the new FCPX it wasn't possible for them to make a new video.
Rating: 115 Votes
45 months ago
Wow, lots of video hate. I actually kind of liked it - it reminded me of when I started using a Mac for the first time and how great the experience was. It was just one of those little things that made getting a new one feel special. It seems with each new version, the little special bits are getting weeded out.
Rating: 19 Votes
45 months ago

I'm sure the video will be there. They just aren't showing that in the GM build. I'm pretty sure there was no video in the GM builds for SL. Some one correct me if I'm wrong.


You're wrong.
Rating: 18 Votes
45 months ago
I always liked the start up video, but I guess its not the biggest deal..
Rating: 18 Votes
45 months ago
The welcome video is the best part. Perhaps they are saving the best for last.


I hate that stupid video because you can't exit it early, and you can't turn the volume down until it's done playing.


Yeah you can ...
Rating: 17 Votes
45 months ago

I can live without the Welcome video but if they screw with the startup chime.....


I wanna see all the extensions loading. :D



Okaaaay . . . sound manager, AppleTalk, QuickTime Musical Instruments . . . Clipping Extension . . . QuickDraw . . .
Rating: 17 Votes
45 months ago

It was only 20 MB



/System/Library/CoreServices/Setup Assistant.app/Contents/Resources/TransitionSection.bundle/Contents/Resources


20 MB???? That's almost 10 minutes of pornography! Priorities, man!
Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago
I was hoping for the MGM Lion to appear, roaring out of the Apple logo....
Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago

That's because it's not a new OS. It's a glorified service pack. It requires 10.6 to install, is only available as a download on the app store, there's no option to install on a formatted disk, etc. From what I can tell, it's basically a collection of libraries that installs over Snow Leopard.

Don't get me wrong, the added features in Lion are cool, and Snow Leopard is a solid base to build from. But I would call it more of a large patch than a new OS.


That's not true. 10.7 is its own operating system - Apple is just choosing to distribute it in a way that will promote the use of the Mac App Store.

In reality, the 10.7 installer bootstraps an installer that functions just like older OSes (10.6 and prior). In fact, the 10.7 installer contains a fully bootable volume that could be burned to a DVD or USB drive and used as an installer disk, which is capable of installing Lion onto an empty drive.
Rating: 14 Votes
45 months ago

20 MB???? That's almost 10 minutes of pornography! Priorities, man!


That must be some terrible quality porn.
Rating: 13 Votes

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