4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2013 7:33 AM by a brody
ravenhaert Level 1 (5 points)

Okay, the answer to this is pretty obvious. I still have Snow Leopard and have discovered that I cannot update Java because I don't have Lion.  I know I'm going to end up being forced to upgrade because keeping stuff updated is a really good idea. Does anyone know if they are planning to stop supporting Snow Leopard, with all the things that are slowly becoming incompatible? It may not even matter in a year, as nothing may work on it anyhow by that point, but I'm wondering if I should just face the facts and deal with Lion (tried it, couldn't stand the interface). Thanks!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • a brody Level 9 (65,743 points)

    Nobody has a crystal ball.   You'll always have those who still run 10.2 and even 9.2.

    The question is how sophisticated are the applications you wish to run, and the websites you want to visit, and whether or not you are willing to keep up the PRAM battery every 4 years, and ensure your hard drives are regularly replaced.  Keeping a clone backup regularly is a good idea anyway.   And upgrading past 10.6.8 will make it harder to run pre-Intel applications, but not impossible.  So decide for yourself, is Lion really worth your while?

  • ravenhaert Level 1 (5 points)

    That was kinda what I was thinking, but I didn't know if there was a list getting made of these sort of things (I think I ran into one for something similar online). I do keep a back up, it's via Time Machine, but I've also backed things up to the Windows laptop we keep as a spare. The biggest worry I have is that some websites may simply stop working due to not having the most up to date version of Java, but only time will tell on that one. Thanks for the link on using Snow Leopard still, but without help, running a virtual desktop is a bit beyond me. I appreciate the answer. Thank you!

  • a brody Level 9 (65,743 points)

    Yes, some websites fail to work even on 10.8.4 that had worked before.  The trouble is webmasters (authors of websites) whom use non-standard, non-accessible attributes on their webpage.   There is this website called Anybrowser.org that explains how to make a website accessible to any browser, that you can refer to webmasters if you find a website you depend on suddenly becomes inaccessible. Accessibility is the law for state and Federal government websites and any website that gets Federal funding thanks to something called Section 508. So if you see someone not in compliance that should be, contact them, or the Federal agency dealing with that if applicable.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,743 points)

    Additionally, Apple has let Oracle take over the Java updating process.   Go to http://www.java.com/ where you will get the latest Java released for your operating system.