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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Downgrading from ML to SL (MBA 2011, 11")

Hey there everyone!

I would like to get your opinion, especially for programmers in this case, should I downgrade from ML to SL if I will be doing mainly programming work? Note that I have a base line 2011, 11" MBA (I upgraded the SSD to 120 GB from a third party company: OWC).

I noticed from my iStat Menu monitor that my memory during normal usage is pretty much sucked-up completely: pretty much of what is left is around 20 MB, fluctuating over time. But the computer runs fine with ML.

I actually bought my Mac with Lion, so I got started being used to the Mission Control, etc., but I wouldn't mine going back.

The only thing that makes me worried is compatibility issues. For instance, thunderbolt hard drives might pose a problem.

What do you guys think? Especially for programmers, and for those people who have simply downgraded from ML to SL.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Since there a no 2011 MBAs coming with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard lacks the proper drivers for the hardware, and as the 2011 MBA had a new Thunderbolt chip in it, it is especially painful to downgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, if not even impossible.

Late 2011 MBPs and 2011 Mac minis and 2011 iMacs could be downgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard successfully though, as they share the hardware with early 2011 MBPs.


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