Preparing for Mavericks

Apple has released OSX 10.9, also known as Mavericks. Which means it's time to prepare for an operating system upgrade again. In the interest of soliciting feedback, I'm sharing the rough process I'm using for this upgrade.

  • Update all software. In addition to installing all pending App Store updates, I make sure all any applications that have auto-updaters are started and they check for new updates. In particular this means running Mail to ensure GPGTools updates GPGMail.
  • Backup all important data. Most of my important but not confidential data is already stored remotely on GitHub and Dropbox. I'm in the process of setting up Arq to backup the remainder.
  • Update and upgrade Homebrew. Rather than just upgrade Homebrew, for this upgrade I've decided to completely uninstall and reinstall by following the uninstall instructions on the Homebrew FAQ and the commands in this Gist.
  • Compile a list of post upgrade procedures. Currently, the only process I've recorded is to use xcode-select to install the latest command line tools.

It's hardly a detailed or rigorous plan. If you do have feedback, or think any thing is missing, please leave a comment below. Alternatively, there is also Twitter or email.