Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to powerbook1701)
any day now if you ask me. Even Safari 6 is only for Lion, iPhoto,iMovie from the Appstore no longer runs on Snow Systems although they are still the ilife '11 series .
These are strong indicators.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2012 6:18 PM (in response to steve359)
Thanks, that is what I was thinking. But, at least there have been security updates for SL in the past few months. Surprised that no Safari update came out for FL, however. I skipped Lion, but will probably dive into ML...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 4:52 AM (in response to powerbook1701)
If one takes the proper precautions, Snow Leoaprd will work fine for a long time.
1: Harden your Mac
2: Make copies of your 10.6. install disk(s) (info is online, just Google it)
3: Make bootable clones
If you get malware, boot off the 10.6 disk and totally zero erase the boot drive (dvd's are naturalyl write protected) then option key boot off the clone and reverse clone.
4: Use Firefox or Chrome if Apple won't update Safari for 10.6 and earlier.
5: Use non-Apple routers as you might not be able to get Airport firmware updates anymore with the new update system all going through MAS.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to ds store)
I would add that I am considering running ClamXav Sentry at any of the likely possible entry points for any executables or malware.
Also, wondering if Apple will continue to update XProtect past the time when they stop issuing security patches? The last update I'm seeing is for 6/30. Makes a while, but doesn't mean all that much, since updates are always sporadic.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 6:51 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Snow Leopard has already been withdrawn from sale on the App store.
I heard yesterday you can still get it using the Apple Store 800 number. 1800/MY-APPLE, at least in the US. Lion was also withdrawn but can be had for $30 in the same manner.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 6:58 PM (in response to WZZZ)
wondering if Apple will continue to update XProtect past the time when they stop issuing security patches? The last update I'm seeing is for 6/30. Makes a while, but doesn't mean all that much, since updates are always sporadic.
Good question. There haven't been any updates since then for Lion or ML either, even though there has been new malware discovered either in targetted attacks or not "in-the-wild". I think they have all been Java attacks, where XProtect doesn't work. I don't know whether ML improves on that or not as I don't think GateKeeper will help with it. Keeping Java turned off is still the best defense I know of.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 7:16 PM (in response to powerbook1701)
The OS will likely work fine for years, the problem is that Apple has very tight control over everything, including drivers for third party hardware. This means that if a new product doesn't run on your 10.6.8 machine because of a driver problem, the third party often can't fix it, and there is pretty much no chance that Apple will fix it. But if you are completely happy with the software and hardware you have now, you should be fine for a long time.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2012 8:07 PM (in response to ds store)
ds store ...
I agree. All "joke alerts" aside, I expect SL to work fine for me until my SL-capable systems dies or I do *need* something in ML or its successors.
Too many false alarms about "my system is too old".