Still using Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Baklava, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Baklava macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Hello all,

    is someone still using Snow Leopard? And if yes, why?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Many people are still using it, and I suspect because it still meets their needs.
  3. Kirkle macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    I'm running Snow Leopard and Mavericks.

    Mavericks (and Mountain Lion, etc) has some nice features, but I am sure that some people use SL because as maflynn said, it meets their needs.

    What is nice about SL in my opinion is that it was created back before the Apple "Crackdown." If you don't want a program that came bundled with your OS you can delete it (shock!), and everything isn't tied directly into the App Store and iCloud the way that it is in newer versions.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Because that's what came on my Mini when I bought it, and it still works. There isn't anything I want to do that I can't do. I'll upgrade the OS when I have to buy a new Mac.
  5. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
  6. Baklava thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Could performance be the reason why people choice to use Snow Leopard? I for example have the feeling, that Mavericks runs a bit slower on my MacBook Pro than Snow Leopard did some years ago.
  7. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    Yes, I'm still using Snow Leopard because I still use some PPC apps.
  8. Bertrude macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2010
    Yep. If only to run some legacy PPC applications - Freehand MX predominantly.

    If Rosetta was included with subsequent OS revisions then I'd have upgraded a long time ago.
  9. artguy3d macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Love Snow Leopard.

    If they brought back Rosetta they would have me for sure, but when I've installed the various lion versions I see no reason to change and still have the preponderance of compatibility weighing the scales for Snow Leopard!
  10. iBaloney macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2010
    I've upgraded from SL to mavericks, and the only performance difference is that it takes ~10 seconds more to boot up.
  11. fessen macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    I am still using Snow Leopard.
    Why should I upgrade when (almost*) everything I use the computer for works fine with the OS version that's currently installed?

    When I went from Leopard to Snow Leopard, I went through almost a week of misery trying to figure out why the system was no longer working. I have no desire to go through anything like that again.
    Why fix what ain't broke?

    And until now, the upgrades have cost $$. But haven't offered any new features that made me feel like I was really missing out on something.

    *I recently bought a new external memory device that the manufacurer advertised as being compatible with OS X 10.5+. Turned out it was NOT compatible with 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), and providing a compatible driver was clearly not a priority for them (they were mostly only interested in serving Windows users) because they still hadn't produced a working driver after 8 weeks! Fortunately, being able to use that piece of equipment wasn't critical for me.

    It does feel like we Snow Leopard users are becoming the sad stepchildren of the OS X world, though. We don't even get our own forum here at Macrumors. I wonder if when I ask a question whether the people who might actually know the answer won't ever see the question because they are only following a forum for one of the newer OS X's.
  12. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    I'm still using SL on a Mini, because that's as far as it will upgrade. I'm also still using Tiger on another Mini for the same reason. :D
  13. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    I understand to have it in VM / dual boot, but I don't see a reason why should I have it as main OS :):confused:
  14. ofbarea macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2013
    Yes. Still using Snow Leopard because as I need to run some PPC applications. I will gladly upgrade to latest OS X if I could buy Rosetta for Maverick.

    Actually earlier this year I bough a new "Ivy Bridge" MacBook Pro 2012 (MD102LL/A) that I had to exchanged with a friend for a older "Sandy Bridge" Late 2011 (MC724LL/A), just to install Snow Leopard on it.


    :( Perhaps I just need to learn how to install Snow leopard in a VM and get over it :mad:. This way I will run Maverick as my main OS and Snow Leopard inside a VM.
  15. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I still use Snow Leopard on my iMac (not my main computer) and my MacBook.

    It works, so I just use it...
  16. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    I'm still on my "Arrandale" MacBook Pro (2010), still on Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion would run fine, but I ran into a nasty audio stuttering bug, pretty annoying. Mavericks is still early in its lifecycle, amidst ****** graphics.

    I guess when my MBP dies, it dies with SL on board... :D
  17. saoir macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2007
    My iMac is Xmas 2007 so I am still using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
  18. bidwellian macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    yes, because :apple: broke things that were fine before. (I don't want an ipad experience in my desktop) Annying things lke "save as" missing and permissions issues, etc)

    The only thing is that SL has an old version of open GL so may have to try Linux in the near future.
  19. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    OS X ML &*Mavericks both have save as accessible via option key ;)
  20. twingo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    I still use Snow Leopard on my 2009 Macbook Pro 17.
    Tried Lion, but it did not work properly.
    Never change a running system...
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why not?
  22. BJonson macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2010
    I specifically hunted down a 2010 mac pro that had only ever had snow leopard on it just so I could upgrade from my 2008 and stay with SL. SL never crashes, is fast as hell, does not deal with apps like ios and comes on disc so don't have to download anything to get it running. Every time I think I want to upgrade to the latest OS I sit down and study long an hard to see if there are any issues and there are always tons of them. Nope. Staying with SL until I absolutely can't any longer.
  23. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    How can you VM it? I thought Apple didn't allow that and it wouldn't run? I would LOVE to do that with VMWare Fusion.
  24. Msail30bay macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2014
    Penn., USA
    LOVING It!

    Loved it and STILL using with on my MacBook and MBA. My father has ML on pro and he is not too happy about it, wished he could install Snow Leopard but........ To me it is flawless and have NEVER had any issues with it since if came out ......??? I really wish is had iCloud though as my iPhone, iClould and SL dose not communicate very well. Still I manage somehow. My Safari is 5.1.10 and again zero problem with sites, streaming, whatever. So I feel no need to upgrade.
  25. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    The only thing that work on SL with iCloud is Notes under Mail. The rest I prefer having them synced via iTunes...

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