Currently Being ModeratedMay 20, 2012 1:37 PM (in response to ginafromchicago)
Mountail Lion will more then likely NOT run on your older iMac, so No worry there.
Lion will definitely make your iMac run slower. Even if you put more RAM in it, if that is possible.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 20, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to ginafromchicago)
According to the following article, your 2008 model of iMac should run Mountain Lion:
Hope this helps
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 8:38 PM (in response to ginafromchicago)
Thank you all for your replies. I am still totally on the fence about this. I am not so concerned about an additional upgrade to mountain lion in the future. I am only considering Lion due to compatibility with iCloud. I read many of the Lion reviews and it doesn't look like I have to worry about using any apps that aren't compatible? And I did upgrade my RAM to the max 4GB already which improved performance on Snow Leopard by leaps and bounds. I no longer have a slow computer, but I don't want to end up that way if I upgrade to Lion since I can't get anymore RAM. According to my hard drIve I still have 81GB available there so that should be no problem. I am just chicken because I don't want to go back to a slow mac. And, since it is working perfectly I don't want to upgrade to a new mac. Part of their beauty is that they last for years, at least in my opinion. Anyone have any input? Lion only needs 2GB of RAM to run according to the tech specs.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 8:51 PM (in response to ginafromchicago)
Lion will run OK on 4GBs of RAM but it will not be as fast as Snow Leopard.
I'd say stay were you are and enjoy your Mac. iCloud is only if you have a @mac or @me email account. And then you could just switch that over to a Google account and use there IMAP system for getting emails on all devices.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 9:02 PM (in response to ginafromchicago)
First, I agree that you might want to stop with Snow Leopard with yout machine. Lion is somewhat of a memory hog and the minimum of 2 GB is just that; running a browser and Mail and kernel_task (part of the system) will use all of that. Even 4 GB may not give you the performance you're accustomed to depending on what you do with it. As for the specs shown for Mountain Lion in the link, I would not depend on any rumor site publishing anything about a not yet released OS unless the information is made public by Apple.
One other option would be to use an external hard drive, clone your system to it, and then install Lion on it. That way you could try it out - after all, it's only $30. If it's too problematic, simply uninstall it - you still have your system working on your internal drive.
You can access iCloud via its website running 10.6.8. Not all features would be available, but you would be able to use the .me Mail online via the browser.