Can the oldest Intel Macs run Mac OS X 10.6 well?

printz

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According to the Mactracker app, all Intel Mac computers can run 10.6 (the ones with 10.7 preinstalled notwithstanding). But can they run it at acceptable performance? I'm asking because I want to make sure if it's okay to make my app require Mac OS X 10.6, or do I have to try to support Leopard too?
 

cambookpro

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Snow Leopard was essentially a leaner, quicker Leopard, so if anything, it should run faster.

I remember it being very fast in comparison to Leopard on my old Core Duo MacBook Pro.
 

itickings

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As far as I know - If it runs Leopard with decent performance, Snow Leopard is not slower on the same system.

Tiger might be faster of course...
 

Bear

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According to the Mactracker app, all Intel Mac computers can run 10.6 (the ones with 10.7 preinstalled notwithstanding). But can they run it at acceptable performance? I'm asking because I want to make sure if it's okay to make my app require Mac OS X 10.6, or do I have to try to support Leopard too?
The question is how long do you want to have to support old versions of OS X for? I would say 10.6 should be the earliest.

And as for Snow Leopard, it was Leopard minus all the PowerPC code with some enhancements and improved performance.
 

printz

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Now the second question is, can people still obtain Snow Leopard legally?