Older Mac Pro's with OS X Mavericks?

WhiteIphone5

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Do you guys think we will all get the features? like Timer Coalescing, App nap, maps and compressed memories? All these features seem like it would work on 2011+ systems not older board. What do you guys think? You know how older machines can run airplay mirroring.
thoughts?
 

omnious

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Well, the specs for DP1 say:

The OS X v10.9 Developer Preview supports the following Macs:
- iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
- MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
- Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
...so if you are really dying to run iBooks and all the other "wonderful" apps that make up the features of 10.9, you should be ok.
 

kevink2

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Do you guys think we will all get the features? like Timer Coalescing, App nap, maps and compressed memories? All these features seem like it would work on 2011+ systems not older board. What do you guys think? You know how older machines can run airplay mirroring.
thoughts?
I don't see why most of these wouldn't work on older systems. Some features, like the timer coalescing, maybe not. That appears to be more geared toward laptops running on battery.

Based on previous experience, features that depend on more modern GPUs may not work. Isn't Airplay from a mac one of these features that don't currently work on older systems? Or features that require updated wi-fi chips? Like Airdrop or 802.11ac?

I spent money recently buying additional RAM for my 2008 MP. It now has 20GB, even if it isn't 800mhz. I figure the bump in RAM makes up for the slower RAM for MY usage. The only issue I have with my MP is, if I want to boot off of CD for something that doesn't have a mac boot capability (such as a Linux CD), I have to change the startup disk in the OS, then remove the battery and reset the PRAM before I can boot the Mac again. I have no idea why that is.
 

crjackson2134

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if I want to boot off of CD for something that doesn't have a mac boot capability (such as a Linux CD), I have to change the startup disk in the OS, then remove the battery and reset the PRAM before I can boot the Mac again. I have no idea why that is.
Wow that sux, mine will boot straight to the Ubuntu CD/DVD easily. Even the Magic Mouse works with Ubuntu. I can shutdown normally and boot straight to OSX every time. BTW Ubuntu 13.04 flys on the Mac Pro, it's far faster than on my PCs.
 

WhiteIphone5

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Well, the specs for DP1 say:



...so if you are really dying to run iBooks and all the other "wonderful" apps that make up the features of 10.9, you should be ok.
A buddy of mine wants to sell me his 08 Mac Pro for $500. Should I take it?
 

kevink2

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Wow that sux, mine will boot straight to the Ubuntu CD/DVD easily. Even the Magic Mouse works with Ubuntu. I can shutdown normally and boot straight to OSX every time. BTW Ubuntu 13.04 flys on the Mac Pro, it's far faster than on my PCs.
Nothing I've seen online hints at where I should look at to fix it. I suspect that it may be software in some manner. I used to have bootcamp on the computer, and after removing it the first time I booted off a non apple CD I couldn't get back. Was ready to take it to an Apple store out of town when I did the battery removal trick.
 

Studio K

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Wow that sux, mine will boot straight to the Ubuntu CD/DVD easily. Even the Magic Mouse works with Ubuntu. I can shutdown normally and boot straight to OSX every time. BTW Ubuntu 13.04 flys on the Mac Pro, it's far faster than on my PCs.
I want to install Ubuntu on my Mac Pro (2009 4,1). But I feared that the Live CD/Usb would not boot. It sounds like it worked for you.
Did you successfully install? Do you have sound? How are the graphics?

I put Ubuntu on my 2008 iMac awhile ago, but the driver support wasn't very good. No sound at all. And installing proprietary graphics drivers made it unbootable.

Let me know how you got it to work. I'd love to install it.
 

crjackson2134

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I want to install Ubuntu on my Mac Pro (2009 4,1). But I feared that the Live CD/Usb would not boot. It sounds like it worked for you.
Did you successfully install? Do you have sound? How are the graphics?

I put Ubuntu on my 2008 iMac awhile ago, but the driver support wasn't very good. No sound at all. And installing proprietary graphics drivers made it unbootable.

Let me know how you got it to work. I'd love to install it.
There was nothing different about it as compared to a PC. Everything worked fine out of the box. I didn't install to the HD at that time. If you decided to do a full install, I would suggest pulling the system HD during the install and putting it on a seperate drive (due to the Grand Unified Boot Loader - AKA: GRUB2). You don't want that installing on your OSX drive.

In the end, I have now installed in a Virutal Machine. It runs great and is much more convient as compared to dual booting, but rest assured it works fine natively out of the box on my 5.1.

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I want to install Ubuntu on my Mac Pro (2009 4,1). But I feared that the Live CD/Usb would not boot. It sounds like it worked for you.
Did you successfully install? Do you have sound? How are the graphics?

I put Ubuntu on my 2008 iMac awhile ago, but the driver support wasn't very good. No sound at all. And installing proprietary graphics drivers made it unbootable.

Let me know how you got it to work. I'd love to install it.
Both the LiveCD and LiveUSB worked perfectly for me in every regard. I have since decided to install it in a VMWare Virtual Machine instead. Not because of any issues, but because it's nice having both systems booted and just switching between desktops with a finger swipe.