noob; Should I update my OS?

jufjo

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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?
 

Gregg2

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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.
 

ELMI0001

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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.
 

maflynn

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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.
 

logana

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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........
 

jufjo

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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.
 

interrobang

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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.)
 

GGJstudios

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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.)
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.
 

GGJstudios

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Would that include Java Script as well? What effect will that have that I will notice?
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.
 

Gregg2

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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.
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.
 

Skyrim

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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.
What would Java do in the browser? I can find it in Safari, but not in Chrome. Is it safe to use Chrome?
 
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Philipppa

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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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