So I can't go backward only forward.
So that would leave out Macmini4,1 on
as Macmini4,1 came with 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (6/2010)
And best would be used Macmini3,1 (early 2009)
which came out with 10.5.6 Leopard.
which I could still upgrade to OS x 10.9 Mavericks.
all according to wiki for what that's worth
So back in the day I bought this eMac
(last of the dual boot macs i.e. Mac 9.2 and OS X 10.xx)
to save access to Mac 9.2.2
(which of course did not really use)
But today, I can only save my current system 10.5.9
leaving the past partitions behind
by finding and buying a 5 year old mini.
What's the line
I am getting too old for this sh...t.
A mini running 10.6.x should be able to Migrate the data & such from a 10.5.x mac.
There are caveats migrating from PPC to Intel, I had no problems, but see Kappy's fine/detailed "A Basic Guide for Migrating to Intel-Macs"...
Tried to give you helpful point but turns out I am broke : (
I am on the other side
"new" - Early 2009 mac mini
"new" -apple refurbished cinema monitor
old - keyboard, mouse, epson scanner, la cie dvd burner, several external hard drives with various connectors
Mac OS 10.6.8 on mini hard dive
la cie 1 Tb external hard drive, 3 partitions: Mac OS 10.9.5, Mac OS 10.6.8, non bootable partition
PPC applications work with Rosetta on Mac 10.6.8 (last call for Rosetta and PPC apps)
Many applications migrate to Mac OS 10.9.5
For PPC to Intel migration
migration assistant not so good
Kappy comes up spades! Yeah!
After migrated to one volume used CCC Carbon Copy Cloner
to duplicate everywhere else
as PPC 10.5.8 > Intel 10.6.8 ok but no luck going directly to Intel 10.9.5
planned to go PPC 10.5.8 to Intel 10.5.8 but after some thought proved unnecessary 10.6.8 better
Yosemite will probably be my last update
but such is life at the trailing edge.