from 10.5.8 to 10.6 or 10.7?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by strawbale, May 14, 2015.

  1. strawbale macrumors member

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    Now that (a.o.) Skype's not working any more on my mid-2007 MacMini (2.0 Ghz, 2 GB RAM) running 10.5.8 , wondering whether to upgrade to 10.6 (of which I have the disk) or 10.7 - any thoughts/advice?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    OS X 10.7 is a free upgrade from OS X 10.6.8 or higher. However, you must first purchase OS X 10.6. The price is $20 US.
     
  3. strawbale thread starter macrumors member

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    I've got the 10.6 disk (bought it a while ago), but wondered whether to upgrade beyond that to the max of this macmini, which is 10.7.5, or not, given the specs of the macmini and the reputation of lion vs snowleopard?
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    10.7 isn't free either; it's an additional $19.99. http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

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    At this point, I don't think I'd bother spending an additional $20 on getting Lion, unless you need the iCloud features, which are not present in 10.6.x. Neither 10.7.x or 10.6.x are still supported, so there's no real advantage going to Lion.
     
  5. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I'm almost positive that that you 10.6.8(or maybe 10.6.7, but there's no reason to not go all the way to 10.6.8) to upgrade to 10.7 as you need access to the App store.

    If you had previously bought 10.7 for another computer, you can re-download it from the app store on that computer and make a bootable USB. There are programs out there which allow you to do that.
     
  6. strawbale thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, that's useful to know - so I'll stick to upgrading to 10.6 for the moment (to be able to use skype again)
     
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Snow Leopard is a solid OS, and even though Apple has cut it off from support I suspect that it will be supported by 3rd party programs for a while. It's roughly contemporary to Windows 7(they were released within a month of each other) although admittedly Apple's recent rapid release cycle has mae it seem a bit more dated than it actually is.

    I have a Mini in my closet that's running SL Server(the last true server OS that Apple made). With the pending demise of Dropbox for 10.4 and 10.5(I think it's next Monday) it's going to serve as-among other things-my Dropbox server for the PPC Macs that I still use regularly.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What you mean by this? My email from Dropbox says that after May 18 Macs running operating systems older than OS X 10.6--meaning all PPC-based Macs--will be blocked from Dropbox except via web access.

    Presumably, you can share your Dropbox folder on a newer Mac--OS X 10.6 through OS X 10.10--with their PPC-based Mac peers. The downside to this strategy is that your Dropbox folder will not be mirrored locally on your PPC-based Mac.
     
  9. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I've already set this up and experimented with it.

    Basically, I shared the Dropbox folder on the Mini. I then mounted that shared drive on my PPC computers where I depend on Dropbox(primarily my Quicksilver). Although I rarely shut down that particular computer, I also have it set to do this automatically on startup.

    In any case, with the Dropbox folder on the Mini mounted on my QS(and other PPC computers) I can drag and drop files into it. Because it's the Dropbox folder on a supported computer, the files update and sync just as if I were using the DB client on the PPC computer.
     

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