The Lion + New Mac Pro Dilemma

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tamvly, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. tamvly macrumors 6502a

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    Having been an Apple user since the Mac 2ci, many moons ago, I always looked forward to the next version of the OS. Lion was no exception. This time, I am distressed to say, is different.

    Why am I posting this on the Mac Pro forum? Well, I been using a Mac Pro 3,1 for a few years now and was waiting patiently for the new Mac Pros to be announced so that I could upgrade to a new level of performance. Unfortunately, this means converting to Lion.

    It's bad enough that I have to deal with losing Rosetta (and Quicken 2007), now I have to deal with the iOS'ization of Calendar, Mail and Address Book. (ugh - three steps backwards in UI design, IMHO). And spaces works just fine for me. OK, there also are some significant advantages to Lion. End of rant.

    So I have a dilemma:
    Upgrade when the new Mac Pros come out (I don't especially care when) with all the undesired consequences.
    Or stick with the 2.8 GHz octo and Snow Leopard?
    Or buy a used box with the current architecture?

    I'm curious what others are thinking. Anyone with the same dilemma?
     
  2. xgman macrumors 601

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    I already but the bullet and updated my SL to Lion. What I am a bit concerned about is exactly how it will work when I get the new Mac which will come with it's own special ver of Lion with new drivers etc, and using that version (USB flash drive media?) to do an upgrade install to my current Lion install since I assume that the current Lion install will not boot on it's own in the new Mac Pro.

    So hopefully Apple will include a bootable version of Lion with the new MP. You could make one, but I have to assume they will include one, ....or not..... :rolleyes:
     
  3. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

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  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    A lot of what's new in Lion are UI gimicks that can be turned off or ignored. Hence there's really no reason to fear an upgrade to Lion and really no reason to rush into it either.

    The most compelling feature of Lion for me was the mail client update, but I've been using Sparrow lately anyway and will stick with it.

    For me, the upgrade from Leopard to SL caused me a lot more headaches than the upgrade from SL to Lion. Most 3rd parties already have updated software and drivers or didn't require any for Lion.
     
  5. tamvly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent post and review. I'd recommend that anyone upgrading also read John Siracusa's excellent, albeit lengthy, review: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/07/mac-os-x-10-7.ars

    I suppose I'm in the wait-and-see camp. I have already migrated apps requiring Rosetta to my laptop running 10.6 and am waiting for an adapter to attach a large screen monitor.

    Still, I am unhappy with Apple's decision-making on Rosetta and more unhappy with Intuit's brainlessness (is it possible to use the words "happy" and "Intuit" in the same sentence?).

    All of which leads me back to waiting for the next Mac Pro before making any final decisions. Heck, I just may stay with SL for some time.
     
  6. wafl iron macrumors regular

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    What's gonna happen with gfx cards? Are we going to see TB ports in the graphics cards? or are we going to have TB ports off the motherboard the next MP?

    If TB graphics cards come out, then what happens to 2010 owners that want to upgrade their gfx? (screwed i imagine)
     
  7. goMac macrumors 603

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    Lion has nice pro features. There are AVFoundation advancements that I think some apps *coughcoughFinalCutProXProFeaturescoughcough* will be taking advantage of. There is a new version of OpenGL, and additional work on the OpenGL drivers. There are also nicities like dark wake.

    It's a shame, because Lion has some very nice under the hood enhancements that are specifically for pros, but they coupled it with all these horrible UI changes. I understand what you mean.

    But eventually, things will move to Lion. Might be better to bite the bullet now, or at least after the first few builds of Lion.
     
  8. tamvly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In writing these posts I realized that I am actually quite happy with Snow Leopard. I could care less about the "cloud". Or iTunes enhancements. Or versioning, or many of the other Lion enhancements. All I was looking for was a faster, slightly skinnier Mac Pro with TB to attach a Promise RAID array.

    Now if only Apple would provide a bootable Snow Leopard with the new Mac Pro. Not a chance ...
     
  9. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    I didn't mention this earlier because I wasn't sure, but after installing Lion, I felt the performance was snappier. I thought it's probably just placebo. But after talking to a colleague who also installed Lion, we've concluded there are some noticeable performance improvements involved. It boots faster, menus and controls are more responsive... scrolling and swiping seems more responsive... it just seems faster. It will be interesting to hear from others.
     
  10. SvK macrumors 6502

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    Hell,

    Bring back "the cube" with MacMini server specs and allow for 32gig of RAM with TB to attach a Promise RAID array and I'm in!

    SvK
     
  11. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

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    I plan to wait at least six months. Probably longer.

    I will wait to see solutions:

    - Complete compatibility with all Adobe Suite

    - This whole RAID thing needs to get resolved. My boot volume is a RAID and I have another software based RAID backup

    - Etc. Etc.

    There are a few Lion features I'd like...nothing vital.
     
  12. goMac macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure what Lion has to do with the cloud...

    iCloud hasn't even shipped yet.
     
  13. toxic macrumors 68000

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    what UI gimmicks are you referring to?

    - Launchpad, which I think is pointless, can be mostly ignored
    - Mission Control...eh. I don't think it really offers anything new or improves anything. you lose All Windows Exposé, it feels slower (slower animation?), and I feel like Spaces was compromised.
    - there's a bunch of new, slow, and pointless animations, like the new window popup Siracusa complains about and the print/save dialog box. haven't figured out how to speed them up.
    - Address Book and iCal look awful, lose some functionality because of the UI change, and can't be reverted.
    - Full Screen was a good idea, but its implementation is poor and I don't think anyone with an iMac or MP is going to find it that useful, or more useful than a "normal" full screen mode like Aperture has.

    what's making you worry about graphics cards? TB is too slow to replace anything graphics-related.
     
  14. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Lion isn't too bad, the lack of all windows Expose is it's biggest downfall IMO.

    I'm more concerned about the range of Mac's available right now, they all have the 'professional' Thunderbolt port, except for the most professional Mac available. They either need to bring out a PCI-E card with TB, or come out with new models.

    Surely they won't wait another 6 months before giving the Mac Pro TB will they? Even the new 27" ACD has been made to work only with TB.
     
  15. Aldaris macrumors 65816

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    Would it be possible to dual boot on the Mac Pro, the G4 had OS 9 and OS X ready to go, could it be possible to have 10.6 and 10.7 installed? Might have to have an individual 'boot drive' for OS's and other drives for media? Just a thought.
     
  16. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    :eek: Software-based RAID backup?

    I don't quite understand how that is considered backup ... more likely a liability if anything.
     
  17. Rustus Maximus macrumors 6502

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    Not only would it be possible I would highly recommend it as standard practice during Major OS updates. One drive/partition with a known solid OS/Applications combo the other for mad scientist, paid beta, iOSX testing.
     
  18. bamf macrumors 6502

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    I used CCC to clone my boot drive and then tested the upgrade. I also did a clean install to another partition of Lion. Once all of that went OK, I decided to go ahead and upgrade my "real" installation over to Lion.

    I get what everyone is saying about the "features" of Lion. I'm in the dev program so I've been using it since the first developer release. Some things I like, and others I'm still getting used to (I'm looking at you new implementation of Spaces).

    Incidentally, does anyone know how to assign a hot key to a full screen application to switch directly to it?
     
  19. xgman macrumors 601

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    On a new mac pro it may be hard or impossible to infuse the new drivers with snow leopard.
     
  20. tamvly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, you're right. I guess I assumed that the iCloud would, at some level, be dependent on Lion. Maybe not. Don't care, really.

    Frankly, the more of my data that is under my immediate local control and the less any personal data of any kind is "cloudy", the better.
     
  21. tamvly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, I have no illusion of running SL on any new Mac Pro. Shame, really.
     

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