3 of 4 computers in my house run snow leopard. The fourth runs linux... the beta 2 elementary
Posted 31 July 2013 - 01:55 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:52 PM
I think compatibility makes it popular. Snow Leopard can be installed in all PCs at least Pentium 4 3GHz (Prescott) while Lion and Mount Lion require at least Core 2 Duo system. Also Rosetta is very important for old applications. I recently installed MacOS 10.5 Leopard on a real PowerPC Mac. The owner is a graphic artist that is used to certain versions of Photoshop and Illustrator. All of them work without any problem up to Snow Leopard. In Lion and Mountain Lion he would need to buy newer versions that apart from the associated cost, he would have hard time to master. When you use a computer for work you don't want to lose any time for training, you want to be ready for work at once. So I prefer Snow Leopard over newer versions. Beside some new features, I didn't see anything else that you cannot live without. The biggest problem is upgrading to 10.6.8 since if not done correctly, the system will not boot. I had Snow Leopard installed on an Acer AspireOne 150 netbook and could do all upgrades up to 10.6.7 without any problem. After each combo upgrade I simply replaced the mach_kernel file with the custom Atom kernel one and it worked. But when I did the mistake to upgrade to 10.6.8 the system never booted again. I didn't have the courage to reinstall MacOS and all applications from scratch, so I just deleted the Mac partition and expanded Windows to take all disk.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:51 PM
10.6.8 was one of the easiest updates ever for my AMD machine. Perhaps that can be explained by the fact i'm used to legacy kernels and other patches since the beginning because of lack of AMD CPUs support by OSX. As far as i can remember, the transition to 10.7.4 was way harder, but those times we had only an incomplete 32-bit only kernel to rely upon.
On topic: the popularity of Snow Leo is just like Windows XP long lasting following: people tend to stick to systems the know well, as long as they fullfil their needs. If it's not broken, why fix it? Since i don't need Rosetta, and i definitely need Logic Pro X, besides my workflow is adjusted to full screen apps and fast and unlimited spaces switch, i simply cannot imagine running anything below 10.8.4. To be candid, i'm on Mavericks most of the time, because of independent screen management and overall performance, despite some glitches typical of a developer preview OS (some plugins refuse to load, autosleep won't happen, Safari misbehaves sometimes etc). Snow Leo was the champ of its time - not that Windows 7 SP1 wasn't also good - but it cannot keep the pace: it's simply too slow (and gives the deceiving impression of being faster just because it boots and shuts down faster), too outdated, lacking too many features that made my work easy and pleasant on OSX. If feels old, just like XP in a certain way.
All the best!
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