OS X Snow Leopard shows signs of becoming Apple's XP
Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:08 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:27 AM
Right now, I'm running Snow Leopard on a 15" MBP. It's stable, my applications run almost flawlessly. I have work to get done. I don't have time to mess with an upgrade.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:30 AM
So; BIG minus, trivial plusses, many annoyances - no wonder it's the cheapest Mac OS upgrade ever.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:07 AM
I just downgraded (upgraded?) back to SL last week. I have a stable Mac again instead of Apple's version of Vista.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:14 AM
2) $0 Writing natively to NTFS drives only happens on 32bit kernel (Snow Leopard)
3) There are 0 new features in Lion and Mountain Lion that is targeted for Professionals
4) There 200++ new features I don't need that will surely compromise system stability and there is only one solution: Stick with Snow Leopard
5) Only God knows if Final Cut Studio 3.0 runs on Mountain Lion
6) Only God knows if Mountain Lion's bootcamp driver has drivers for 2007 MBP 15" Windows 7 64bit
7) Lion & Mountain Lion has a START button renamed into LAUNCHPAD. I already have plenty of Windows 7 PC for that
8) Mac Pro still runs Snow Leopard, unlike other 2012 Macs. It means even Apple admit that Professionals should stick with Snow Leopard
9) The only reason to use Mountain Lion is because 2012 Macs can not support Snow Leopard anymore. I don't even need a MBP upgrade yet. My 2007 MBP 15" has an OWC 6Gb RAM. The only thing I regret about that upgrade: Why the hell I waited until 2011. Should have bought it in 2007-2008
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:19 AM
Certainly those who met the hardware requirements either kept Snow Leopard (SL) for support of legacy PowerPC apps or they meet minimum requirements but Lion ran sluggishly on their systems and they reverted back to SL. Of course, with few exceptions, those with newer machines that came with Lion and ML don't even have the option of downgrading to SL.
So even if SL has a healthy retention rate, it's not for any of the unfortunate reasons that XP has retained it's popularity, and XP came out 10 YEARS BEFORE Lion did. You're comparing Apples to Ballmer Lemons.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:26 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:26 AM
(Snow Leopard will not run on PowerPC-equipped Macs -- the last edition to do so was 2007's OS X Leopard -- but it can run applications written for that chip via the Rosetta utility.)
Another possibility: Many Mac users dinged Lion for being less stable and reliable than Snow Leopard, and said they would stick with the older OS. Those sentiments have also been popular with many Windows XP users. "
I wouldn't say "It's unclear why ..." followed by the three primary reasons.
I would happily update any and all macs to Mountain Lion - IF -
a ) Apple would let older systems qualify
b ) Apple still included Rosetta
c ) Apple would allow users to opt-out of some of the "improvements" also known as annoyances not limited to iOS-iffication. gatekeeper push for the app store, mission control, grey finder, save as, airplay restrictions, keyboard shortcut changes, ...
I'm on my first week with Mountain Lion, have spent hours trying to get some things to work or tweaked back. I pretty much wish my system ran Snow Leopard with the pros of Mountain Lion, but not the cons.
This post has been edited by icerabbit: 05 November 2012 - 07:26 AM