noob; Should I update my OS?

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  1. jufjo macrumors member

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    I've had a macbook for about 4-5 years and have never thought about updating the OS, until now.
    I see that there have been a few updates since then ;).
    And I started wondering if it is a good idea to upgrade my 10.5.8 macbook (2ghz intel core 2 duo) to Snow Leopard and Lion.
    Are there any risks, is there any need to do this besides being able to get some software that won't work on the old system, etc.

    In short; should I?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    It's up to you. I'm also using 10.5.8 and I have no immediate plans to upgrade to Lion. My Mac still does everything that I need it to do, and it's "snappy" enough for me, so I have no compelling reason to "improve" it. My current plan is to upgrade the OS when this Mac (only four years old) dies and I have to buy a new one.
     
  3. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

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    I think it's worth the money to go to Snow Leopard. Apple removed a lot of cold code from Leopard and Snow Leopard is a little more robust. I don't see the immediate need for Lion unless there is a feature you need/want.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Are there features in SL or Lion or apps that you want to use that are SL or above requirements?

    If you're still happy with Leopard, there's no real reason to upgrade.

    If you do opt to upgrade, I'd make sure you have sufficient ram, especially when considering Lion which is pretty ram hungry.
     
  5. logana macrumors 65816

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    Lion is now 4 years old and is a legacy OS - there have been no security updates for years.....

    Please update to Snow Leopard - your MacBook will run quicker and you will gain some hard disc space too....

    Frightening really........
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You mean Leopard, I think.
    It's a Mac. Security updates? ;)
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you mean security updates like: Security Update 2011-004 (Leopard) released on June 23, 2011?
     
  8. jufjo thread starter macrumors member

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    To be honest, I didn't even know about all this till I wanted to downloada game and discovered it wouldn't run on my old macbook.
    How sad is that?:eek:

    Thank you for all the tips, I think I shall update to snow leopard, I like the idea of more space and speed.
     
  9. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    Security updates are only available for the two most recent OS versions. Leopard stopped being updated when Lion was released in July 2011.

    So far, that means Leopard never got Security Updates 2011-005 and 2011-006, or Safari 5.1.1. It will also not be updated for any future bugs that are found.

    Also, Java on Leopard is stuck at 1.6.0_26, which has bugs "which may allow an untrusted Java applet to execute arbitrary code outside the Java sandbox." (If nothing else, I'd suggest disabling Java applets in your browser if you're still running Leopard.)
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I recommend disabling Java in any browser, unless you're at a trusted site that needs it. This is regardless of which OS or which Java version you have.
     
  11. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Would that include Java Script as well? What effect will that have that I will notice?
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, just Java. It's fine to leave JavaScript enabled. You won't notice Java being disabled on most sites you visit. If you visit a trusted site and a form or other function doesn't work properly, you can enable it while visiting that site.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Thanks. I had disabled both, but then my wife's work e-mail gave an error message in which the word "script" was lurking. I'll try just Java tonight.
     
  14. Skyrim, Jan 29, 2012
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    What would Java do in the browser? I can find it in Safari, but not in Chrome. Is it safe to use Chrome?
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Having Java enabled creates a malware vulnerability. For details, read the last part of this section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ
     
  16. Skyrim macrumors member

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    Thanks for the link. I thought those things could not get hands on Mac. I have disabled the Java in Safari.
     
  17. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Malware, sure. A virus, no.
     
  18. Philipppa macrumors newbie

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    noob; Should I update my OS?

    I think you'd better update your OS, the newest Lion is better than Leopard or Snow Leopard in many aspects.
     

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