8 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2012 4:45 PM by Allan Eckert
travhurst Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I was about to update my MAC with Lion when i saw that this summer they are coming out with Mountain Lion.  It seems like i should wait, especially with all the features it has that will combine with my ipad2 and iphone4s.  should i just wait for Mountain Lion or download Lion


Mac Pro
  • 1. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,795 points)

    That's up to you to decide.

  • 2. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,275 points)

    At US$30 instead of what used to cost $130, you could have both.

  • 3. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,295 points)

    Mountain Lion's feature set and compatibility with existing software is still uncertain.  Until it is released, making a judgement call one way or another is difficult.    Mediaeval proverbs say: "A bird in hand is worth more than two in the bush." If you want the features of Lion, read up on its compatibility issues, and see if it makes it worth it for you:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2465

    If not, you can wait, but be certain compatibility issues will be greater, so you will likely have to budget for more upgrading.

  • 4. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    If you don't need Rosetta and were ready for Lion, why make a double leap (of faith)?

     

    Lion 107.3 has one or two issues, but the drivers for graphics are finally there.

    The issues 10.7.0 had were patched.

     

    Mac Pro pre-2008 have older EFI and can't use 64-bit kernel mode and get dropped short of a miracle from running 10.8.

     

    I'd wait until 10.8.1 anyway. With 10.7.4 here, now is probably the perfect time to test drive Lion (set it up on its own drive, so you can dual boot into 10.6.8 as well until you have more time and decide if Lion works for you).

  • 5. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    Gabriel465 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The hatter wrote:

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    I'd wait until 10.8.1 anyway. With 10.7.4 here, now is probably the perfect time to test drive Lion (set it up on its own drive, so you can dual boot into 10.6.8 as well until you have more time and decide if Lion works for you).

    This sounds like a logical way to go and has me interested.  Im currently on a iMac 8,1 with 4gb RAM running Snow Leopard.  From what I've read, Mountian Lion sounds good and I'm willing to try when it comes available.  My concerns are IF I'll be able to run it or Lion.  You have my curiousity perked with the "dual boot" option.  How can I go about doing this or do you think the "bugs" of Lion are ironed out enough for a full on install while waiting for Mountian Lion to be released/patched?  Thanks Hatter, your contributions have been helpful.

  • 6. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,275 points)

    On a Mac Pro with multiple internal drive bays, you can install a different version of Mac OS X on each drive, and boot from whichever one you please.

     

    On an iMac, you can do the same, but any additional drives are in External enclosures, e.g., FireWire. (USB is too slow. It works, but it will make you crazy.)

  • 7. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Assumes your software is ready, why I mentioned Rosetta.

    Take a look at RoaringApps Lion Compatability and for any "powerpc" processes

     

    You are better off asking in iMac and Lion community. But generally people could shrink and add a partition.

     

    Learn to clone your system so you have a working backup. Even if it is just a sparse disk image.

     

    CCC can clone Lion and Lion Recovery.

     

    Do a clean install on your internal hard drive.

    Run Setup Assistant to import your old system - now on external drive.

    Shrink and add a partition for another Mac OS.

     

    iMac can now have 2nd internal hard drive - SSD and 2TB for instance.

     

    www.apple.com/support/lion

    www.apple.com/support/imac

     

    - and save whatever you download like Lion 10.7.4 on USB flash memory card so you don't need to DL again.

  • 8. Re: Lion vs Mountain Lion
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    It would just be your luck to wait for Mountain Loin only to dicover that the only way to get there is by way of Lion.

     

    Allan