OS X 10.6 how long can i use it

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  1. jcollinsphotog macrumors newbie

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    a long time windows xp user and its going away but i will us XP....of course moved to the Mac OS

    i have purchased 10.6 DVD sometime ago but want to know can i use it for a while even though there are new Mac OS made almost yearly

    i know i have to keep up with security but i just can't keep on buy a new DVD (OS) every single time and am very happy with 10.6

    another problem as most will have, new Mac OS will not work with my old hardware, my Mac Pro is still running, all i do is replace HDD


    thank you,
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    Mac Pro
    2GHz dual core Intel Xeon
    ATI Radeo X1900 XT 512 MB
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can keep using 10.6 Snow Leopard as long as you want to. The most current version is 10.6.8. If your hardware could support Mavericks, you could download that free, after installing Snow Leopard and applying free updates.
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    There are workarounds to getting Mavericks to work on a Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1. So you could be up to date if you really wanted to. Although you may need to update the GPU. Which you can get a compatible card pretty cheap if you choose the right PC version.
     
  4. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Yes, as stated above, but Apple no longer supports Snow Leopard. Their support now only goes back as far as Lion (10.7). I don't know what you have, but are you sure you can't run Lion or Mountain lion?

    If you continue to run both Snow Leopard and Windoze XP - you are then running two OSs no longer supported.

    Lou
     
  5. OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a

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    If you decide to try other OS's, just dual boot. I have 10.6.8 partitioned with XP home on one drive and 10.8.5 on another. As you may know some apps that run in SN won't run in ML. A few of the companies have gone under and never wrote 64bit versions.
     
  6. ZVH macrumors 6502

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    You might find the following graph interesting:

    https://www.gosquared.com/mavericks/

    Move your mouse cursor over the graphs to get statistics. The graph is actually in months but mine is showing the x-axis like it's in days. I don't know how long they'll keep that link active. For some reason the link seems a little squirrelly on Safari right now. As of it's latest date it shows a little more than 50% using Mavericks, with Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard all roughly in the vicinity of 15% with the less than 5% being Leopard and Tiger.

    Personally, I think each one has its benefits and disadvantages, and I'd be happy using any of them. Obviously some people with Intel's can't upgrade to other OS's, and someone with a PPC can't go beyond Leopard.

    If you want to make yourself feel better, try out Windows 8. :D
     
  7. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    Did any of you bloody read the OP's post? Sure as hell doesn't seem like it.

    OP, You can keep using Snow Leopard as long as the machine works. If the HD fails, place in another and start from the OS Disk. Then go about an install as usual.
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    Did you bloody read the second post in the thread? Sure as hell doesn't seem like it.

     
  9. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    Yes I did, I paid attention to which Mac Pro the OP has. So there is no point in talking about Mavericks or anything more. The OP cares about Snow Leopard nothing else.
     
  10. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Ya I read it. What's your problem:confused:

    Lou
     
  11. jcollinsphotog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you EVERYBODY

    thank you for all the comments, it was very helpful, TY G4DP and brand

    TY, i will have to check oh the Mavericks OS specs but really i can get the OS for free, TY TY

    yes i figured that but is there security updates/protection still and yeah i do not do dual boot

    yes that is a grand idea, I do have 3 HDD, i dual boot my Linux/XP LoL

    THANKS again everybody
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, Mavericks is a free upgrade for everyone who has a compatible computer. The only reason you need to buy Snow Leopard first is Mavericks is only available via the App Store, and you can only access the App Store if you have Snow Leopard (10.6.6) or later.
     
  13. jcollinsphotog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    TY, GGJstudios

    i will check specs and go to APP store....must important i do have to check my other software version like LR will work on Maverick first
     
  14. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    Your computer doesn't support Mavericks officially, the highest OS available to you is Lion, but I'm not sure Lion is available to download in the App Store any more.

    You can get Mavericks running, using the impressive work of people like Tiamo , but you'll need to get a new graphics card as the 1900xt isn't supported in Mavericks and won't run.
     
  15. Cubytus macrumors 65816

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    Would you have a list of such apps? Should I get Mavericks only supports Intel 64 executables? Because about 1/3 of the applications I'm using are Intel (32 bits).

    As far as I know, no more security updates are created for SL.
     
  16. flowrider macrumors 601

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    That's what I stated above! There's no AFAIK about it! No More Support Period!!!!!

     
  17. CptSky macrumors regular

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    I still run few 32 bits applications on Mavericks. 32 bits applications are still supported. It's the 32 bits processors & EFI that aren't supported by the OS. Plus, since Lion, Rosetta has been dropped, meaning you can no longer run PPC applications. It shouldn't be an issue.
     
  18. jcollinsphotog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    TY for help and Tiamo, i could replace video card

    mainly this is a older computer running the photo software program to edit photos, i have been happy with it and of course purchased all the software, it would cost me a lot to get new computers and software, so this is why i asked how long could i continue using my Pro and 10.6

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    oh man this is sad news......
    i used this older computer running software program to edit photos, i have been happy with it and of course purchased all the software

    it would cost me a lot to get new computers and software, so this is why i asked how long could i continue using my Pro and 10.6, so guess no security and support updates then i need to take it off the internet

    i will continue using it till it breaks down and add new updates hardware to catch up to the current Mac OS lol
     
  19. goMac macrumors 603

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    AFIAK if you're on a Mac Pro 1,1, Lion is still available on the App Store for you.
     
  20. macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    If you have a spare hard drive to test with, you can try cloning your 10.6 drive to the spare test drive, buy Lion (10.7) from Apple for $20, use the Lion install to update your spare test drive to 10.7, download all the 10.7 updates via Software Update, and then try running your 32-bit apps.

    If it works, great! You will then have an OS installed that Apple still supports (according to one of these previous posts) and will therefore continue to get security updates.

    If it doesn't work, no biggie. You only spent $20 on the 10.7 installer to find that out, and you still have your original 10.6 boot drive intact and untouched.

    :)
     
  21. Cubytus macrumors 65816

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    I always prefer to be a little more reserved when I don't have any hard source :)

    Loss of 32 bit CPU support isn't an issue. They have been 64 bits for quite a while now. On the other hand, dropped PowerPC compatibility is an issue, believe it or not. Many older, high-end (meaning perfectly comparable to current offerings) peripherals didn't have their drivers updated for the new architecture, yet Apple hasn't built a proper replacement for them.

    Knowing Mac OS X is a UNIX system, I hope to be tweaking one of my Raspberry Pis to take care of them while exporting display and controls to the Mac. Or use MacPorts if possible. Still an ugly workaround.

    I'd rather see "impressive work" related to PowerPC compatibility, and reverting newer OS X to a "usable state" like Snow Leopard was. Since Lion, you need to perform many tricks before the machine feels as before.
     
  22. flowrider macrumors 601

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  24. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    Peripheral drivers aren't always Apple's responsibility. Developers and hardware manufacturers were warned PowerPC was on the way out for years. If you want drivers, speak to the OEM concerned; they're the ones trying to make you buy their new products.
     
  25. Cubytus macrumors 65816

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    That's probably the reason why they don't have any plans to release a non-PowerPC driver. They said I would get 10% off a new hardware. Besides being not very interesting, my hardware works fine and fits my needs, thank you. Why would I get rid of it?
     

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