Today I decided to update to OSX Yosemite. How much time would it take? 1 hour, 2hours? It appeared to get stuck to “one minute to finish” the installation for quite some time. During the upgrade process if you move the cursor to the top of the screen a menu will appear. One of the options is: “Show Log”. This option pops up a window that shows detailed information about the process.

In my case for around half an hour it was logging events like this:

It appears it was taking a lot of time processing the texlive files. I had installed texlive in the past, but i haven’t used it at least in a year. So, before upgrading to Yosemite make sure to delete any unwanted applications for a faster upgrade!

I am using VirtualBox 4.3.2. I have recently upgraded to OSX Mavericks and after I close VirtualBox it doesn’t seem to close properly and it’s still running. Doing force quit doesn’t seem to close VirtualBox.

The worse part is that I can’t seem to be able to shutdown my laptop! When try to shutdown after having run VirtualBox the shutdown process gets stuck and the only way to shutdown properly is by pressing the “Power On/Off” button on the laptop for some time.

The solution that works for me, is to go to the “Login Window” screen (by clicking on my account name on the top right corner, next to the clock -> Login Window…”. Then I click on “Shutdown” from that screen and it works.

I was reading a blog post the other day that in order to upgrade from OSX Lion to OSX Mavericks you need to first upgrade to mountain lion (paying the $20 upgrade fee). Checking the description by apple as pointed out here:
it is evident that there is no such requirement:

You can upgrade to OS X Mavericks from Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (10.7), or Mountain Lion (10.8).

So, I have backed up everything and I am going to start the upgrade process now!