10 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 2:13 PM by karynfromjupiter
karynfromjupiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I guess I don't understand what is so important about getting Lion if my computer is working fine on Snow Leopard.  Everyone is having so many problems with Lion.  Why should I upgrade or not upgrade?  I'm afraid my computer will crash or slow down, etc.  I have an older Macbook, 2008.  I could upgrade but I'm doubtful of the necessity.  I don't do any web work, meaning publishing to the web or sharing documents.  I basically use it for writing (I have a novel writing software program) or internet stuff and that's it.  I'm not a genius as far as all the issues mentioned, so that's why I'm asking.  Thanks!!!


Mac OS X (10.6.8), Computer still works
  • 1. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,175 points)

    Well, if you do not have any problem with Snow Leopard, don't upgrade

  • 2. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    karynfromjupiter wrote:

     

    I guess I don't understand what is so important about getting Lion if my computer is working fine on Snow Leopard.

     

    Your absolutely right, it's not necessarily important to move to Lion unless you have a particular reason to do so.

     

    Matt

  • 3. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Then don't, I'm perfectly happy on 10.6.8 myself, on a Early 2011 17" that certainly can handle Lion.

     

    But after what Lion did to ruin the video card on my 2006 15" test machine, the half dozen firmware updates that were breaking logicboards left and right, I give Lion a wide berth.

     

    Not only that, Lion is slower than Snow Leopard, it's a RAM hog.

     

     

     

    My machine works, I have the choice of both PPC and Intel based software etc.

     

    iCloud? Phooey on that and the Mac krApp Store,

     

    I even regret buying this machine sometimes knowing that Apple is just going to ignore me for security updates just like they did for 10.4 and 10.5 users which make up 20% of their install base.

     

    That's fine, because my next box is a Windows 7 tower that will last 10+ years as Microsoft has a good track record of providing patches for their OS versions.

     

    I may have to erase and install Windows more often or install DeepFreeze, but at least I can keep on using the machine as intended, software lasts, security updates etc.

     

    With Apple they come out with a new OS version every year now, so that's another round of software in some cases, like with 10.6 to 10.7 does

     

    http://roaringapps.com/apps:table

  • 4. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    karynfromjupiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did want to ask one other question, though.  What is this about IWork?  I have that on my computer but don't understand what the issue is regarding the iCloud upgrade and the notice I received that Iwork will no longer be ? What? Won't work any longer? Uncertain as to why I keep getting these notices but now I'm a little concerned.

     

    I guess I'm confused as to what I'm supposed to do with this iCloud.kn  I haven't gotten too involved with the computer knowledge aspect.  I just wanted a good computer that wouldn't crash.  That's why I bought my Macbook.  I'm a writer so didn't want to worry about loosing my documents.  I never send anything to my phone and don't have an Ipad, yet.  Still, doubt I'd do that sort of thing.  I guess I'm technologically challenged!  Sigh.

     

    Thanks for your help!

  • 5. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    karynfromjupiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey...thanks for your info!  I'm getting a lot of good advice.  You made some very good points.  I didn't think I'd need to update and now I'm glad I didn't.  I don't send any documents to anyone over the computer, except in emails.  I don't have an Ipad.  I don't use my phone in that sort of way either.  I'm guessing the icloud is for people who need that upgrade, then?  I love my Macbook exactly as it is and pray it keeps running good for me.  I had a HP laptop a few years ago and it broke within a year!  And, I am the most careful person with my stuff.  It definitely wasn't over used or dropped...so HP was taken off my list and so spent a bit more for this and don't regret it. 

     

    One thing I don't have is a whole lot of patience.  I type fast so if the computer slowed down, I would be very unhappy!  Glad you mentioned the Lion eats up the speed and heats up the computer fast. 

     

    I will always go Apple...but I hate all this upgrade crap they want to jam down our throats.  That sort of ticks me off. Especially when so many people complain. 

     

    Anyway, thanks again for your answers!!!

  • 6. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    Glad to help.

     

    From everything you've said, I think sticking with Snow Leopard is exactly the right decision for you.

     

    Matt

  • 7. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,175 points)

    I do have iWork too. But I also run Lion on my Mac.

     

    Anyway my opinion is that the only feature that won't work anymore in iWork without iCloud is the possibility to save documents in the cloud.

     

    So, as I can understand, you never used that feature, you won't lose anything at all.

     

    As for Lion, I had Lion installed on a 2008 MacBook Aluminium, 2GB of RAM, and it worked flowlessly and never had any issue.

     

    As last suggestion, always keep an updated backup of your data.

  • 8. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    karynfromjupiter wrote:


    I don't have an Ipad.  I don't use my phone in that sort of way either.  I'm guessing the icloud is for people who need that upgrade, then?

     

    Yea, it's Apple tying all that together, so you buy a iPhone or iPad then your going to want everything synced on your computer, so you buy a Mac.

     

    It's a trap really, locking one into Apple's universe so they can inflict bloated OS X upgrades like Lion on older hardware and force a premature hardware upgrade. Don't upgrade hardware then they deny services like MobileMe etc like they are doing to 10.6 and earlier users.

     

    I don't advise Lion for any Mac that originally came with 10.5.  Originally 10.6 sure, not 10.5, it's because the hardware is slightly dated and Lion is going to do a dam fine job of crippling it and also make all your PPC 10.5 software no longer work.

     

    So Lion is a lose lose for most 10.5 machines, plus it's depressing and strange, everything is wrong about the UI. Reverse scrolling, no "Save As" AutoSave is annoying as heck, no Spaces or Exposé, the programs reload upon restart so your boot time is totally crippled. etc.

     

    Lion is Mr. Hyde to Snow Leopard's Dr. Jekyll.

     

     

    BTW who need iWork when LibreOffice, a free Office like clone, is totally free and cross platform, Linux, Windows and OS X?

     

    They do ask for donations and you should do so. Apple has enough money and they make it from hardware/iPhones, not software all that much.

  • 9. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    karynfromjupiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would like to say thank you to all who have helped me answer my horribly annoying concerns!  I've been bugged by this MacBook issue for a while now.  And wow, are you guys all smart!  Good to have you all around who don't mind helping people like me out!!!  

     

    AWESOME!!!

     

  • 10. Re: Why should or shouldn't I upgrade to Lion?
    karynfromjupiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Your comments are great...and amusing!  Thank you for helping and being so darn smart!!!