Should I stay on Snow Leopard>

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by freeman727, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. freeman727 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    I know the old addage if it ain't broke don't fix it. But I was wondering if I should stick with Snow Leopard or upgrade to Mountain Lion? For background I have a 2009 single core MP with OEM ATI 5770. What will I lose by upgrading and what will I gain by upgrading? Thanks in advance.
  2. sigmadog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    near Spokane, WA
    From what I've read, Mountain Lion integrates more with iCloud than Snow Leopard, and there are some changes regarding how certain documents get saved (I think this has something to do with AutoSave).

    Honestly, it's been a few weeks since I read anything about Mountain Lion, so my memory is fuzzy. What I do remember is coming to the decision that Mountain Lion would be more trouble for me than it was worth.

    Snow Leopard works just fine for me. It supports my workflow wonderfully, and I didn't see any advantage in upgrading to Lion or Mountain Lion.

    Of course, every situation is different, and you might like/need what Mountain Lion offers. Read some reviews (John Siracusa's is the one I read), and decide for yourself.
  3. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    Snow Leopard doesn't integrate at all with iCloud, does it? That's why I upgraded to Lion. If that weren't the case, I would've stayed. Mountain Lion seems to be quite the OS upgrade from what I've read. Might want to consider it.
  4. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    I've gone back and forth several times but so far always go back to using Snow Leopard. I have both on usable bootable drives so for me going back and forth is easy. Snow Leopard is still the OS I use daily. just like it better, particularly since I use multiple monitors.
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Lion and Mountain Lion do not support Power PC apps, so if you're still running some oldies but goodies, consider if you want to upgrade those as well.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Video speed
    Diskutil for RAID
    Ability to rename and move files that are open in an application
    Save As
    Your dignity
    Some money in the wallet
  7. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    iCloud? You all know you're on a Mac Pro forum, right? Macbook and iMac's are a different whole area.:D
  8. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Since it looks like you have a couple of iOS devices, I'd say going to Mountain Lion is a no-brainer. iCloud integration will continue to deepen.

    My old MacBook is at Snow Leopard (not upgradeable to Mountain Lion) and it feels like an island.
  9. BiteMyApple macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2010
    Forest Hills, NY
    I tried Lion on my 2007 MacBook and was really NOT pleased with the overall experience. Even maxed up to 4 gigs of RAM, it became suddenly became sluggish and slow, the worst happening while using Safari.

    I quickly downgraded to Snow Leopard and I was happy again! I don't need iCloud so SL is just fine with me. Too bad I spent $29 on a Lion I used for 2 days :/
  10. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Since your signature says you have several devices then I'd say upgrade, you don't loose much unless you need to run PPC apps still and the iCloud integration will be nice.
  11. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I expect my Mac Pro to do what an iMac can do plus extra. I don't wish to set up an iMac next to my Mac Pro so that I can divide up tasks between them.

    That's why iCloud integration pushed me off of Snow Leopard. Keeping files easily synced with my iPad is too juicy of a carrot for me to ignore.
  12. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
  13. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Then go to Google :) ........ I know this is a Mac forum but I gave up on MobileMe a long time ago and never looked back.
  14. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    I have a 2008 mac pro I just upgraded to Mountain Lion. I love it, it brings back some of the snappiness that I lost after upgrading to lion. If your coming from 10.6 then 10.8 will be a fun treat.
    Just download ML then google around for Mountain lion disk maker Put mountain lion on a disk or usb and install it on a separate hard drive. That way keep snow leopard.
  15. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    Yes! I really want to downgrade from mountain lion to snow leopard on my 2012 MBA
  16. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    You can't use Disk Utility to create a software raid in Mountain Lion?
  17. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Listen to this guy. Stay on SL.

    I upgraded my MP to Lion a month after it came out. I hated it at first. But everybody was just saying that I need time to get used to it. Fast forward 10 months, I still hated it. Went back to Snow Leopard and it was the best decision ever.

    However, I enjoy Lion on my rMBP. Seems like all of Apple's recent OS's are geared for laptops.
  18. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    I have a Mid 2009 Pro 2.53Ghz, 250GB 4RAM you know the rest , I was contemplating the upgrade for a while I went ahead and did it, 3 days after my MBP refused to boot up properly couldn't interact with my HD at all, took it to the Apple store they said HD failure, I purchased my own HD after trying 2 and no result I turned to OWC for one more shot at an HD, that one was recognized by the MBP but still no interaction, figured it's an HD Cable now, took it back Apple intially agreed with me then said logic board failure, they did the HD Cable repair anyways and didn't charge me for it, I came home after refusing their logic board diagnosis tried one more time and everything worked ,after all I'm sure it was only the HD Cable ( fingers crossed) moral of the story is be prepared lol, back up your stuff and expect anything I have no doubt in my mind my MBP screwed up do the upgrade, I never had a problem with it at all this was my first in 2 years, anyways after all this I still upgraded to ML :D hoping nothing would happen I did upgrade the ram from 4 to 8
    I Personally like ML, Mission control , iMessages , improved browsing with Safari ( yes Safari) , eventually you will have to upgrade might as well do it and be prepared for anything be a daredevil :D:apple:
  19. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I have the majority of my MBP's, MBA's & my Mac Pro, running Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

    I purposely bought a new 2012 MBA just because it came with Mountain Lion, therefore I knew I'd have the best possible experience, and way to evaluate ML for my needs.

    While it's not bad, as I suspected it irritates me to see the influence and tiny icons of iOS type apps etc. I abhor autosave, it is incredibly annoying. So many features that don't appeal or I don't want must be turned off. Yet not all can be.

    After two frustrating years with MobileMe, it's clear that Apple doesn't get cloud services. iCloud is no better for my purposes. Therefore I won't be using that either.

    So for the immediate future I'm celebrating the exemplary fast, fun, and ultra reliable performance I continue to enjoy with SL.
  20. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Thanks, but I'm not selling my soul to Google. I'm a longtime user of Google Voice (before they acquired it), but I am unwilling to hand over the rest of my Internet activity logs so they can sell AdWords.
  21. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Point: Pro's care little for iCloud. OK, I care little for iCloud. I know how to manage data. I want Apple to have as little to do with it as possible. Neato...syncing.
  22. freeman727 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    I think I'm going this route once 512 GB SSD drives become affordable.
  23. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You can.
  24. wallysb01 macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2011
    I did. I'm not sure what the deal is with that one.
  25. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Don't most the new video cards that get talked about in here require Lion or Mountain Lion? If that is the case that would be a big reason to make the switch. If the OS's are not required or there is no need to upgrade then there is no need to "upgrade".

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