Some of you may recall me mentioning Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA using Mac computers in the Fine Arts building (the only building on the campus with Macs, obviously.) I am currently doing volunteer work with their TV studio. Our editing lab currently uses early-2009 24" iMacs that we got in summer 2009 to replace the older PowerMac G4s (2002 QuickSilver models) and the Dell Optiplex towers used. (The G4s were good though; we even ran Leopard on them!) They are all the top-of-the-line model with 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo processors, 4 GB of RAM, 1 TB hard drives (each one has a 500 GB OS X partition and a 500 GB Boot Camp partition with Windows XP Pro) and NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 graphics cards with 512 MB of VRAM. We use these for our video post-production work, using Final Cut Studio 2 (and occasionally iMovie '09) on each one (on the PowerMacs, we used Final Cut Express), and we also use them for our radio production areas as well (using Audacity and GarageBand.) They are great computers, but the problem is, the software is pretty much outdated now. They are all still running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard, and have older versions of Safari and Firefox and a few other applications. But this summer, we may finally get around to upgrading the operating systems. Though we will need OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard first, I am not sure if we should just go right with 10.8 Mountain Lion, or wait for 10.9 to come out? (Most of the campus PCs upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 in summer 2010.) Though we have another Mac that really needs upgrading: in the same editing lab, the teachers' workstation has a 2006 Mac Pro! (It was actually purchased in 2007, but still.) It actually still runs OS X Tiger 10.4.11 and has 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive! This we plan to upgrade the RAM and most likely install a second hard drive. As for the operating system, we may only be able to go up to Snow Leopard unless we go for an unsupported Mountain Lion installation (like we did with the 800 MHz PowerMac G4s when we installed Leopard on them!) I don't know if we're going to get any new machines for a while as our current Macs are really good, and the iMacs can be easily updated to the latest software. Though one of the TV studio directors DID get a unibody iMac for her office (now we need to plan and get at least one FireWire-to-Thunderbolt adapter for the future, as we still use DV/HDV camcorders from time to time!) Any comments/suggestions?