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    New to MAc and confused about all these OS!
    ok so i just got my mac about a week ago. and i have seen people they have os leopar , tiger, i think i even saw panther. Whats the difference between all of these? When i go to the "About this MAc section" it says i HAve Mac OS X Version 10.6.4... is that leopard or tiger etc...or it it just mac osx..

    whats the difference between all of these thanxz!

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    10.6.4 is Snow Leopard. The names are just the Apple name for the different version of the OS. 10.6.4 is the latest version of OS X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBridge View Post
    ok so i just got my mac about a week ago. and i have seen people they have os leopar , tiger, i think i even saw panther. Whats the difference between all of these? When i go to the "About this MAc section" it says i HAve Mac OS X Version 10.6.4... is that leopard or tiger etc...or it it just mac osx..

    whats the difference between all of these thanxz!
    Apple brands each new major iteration of Mac OS X with a different animal name.

    The names correspond as follows:

    Mac OS X 10.0 "Cheetah"
    Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma"
    Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar"
    Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther"
    Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger"
    Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"
    Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"

    So, since you have 10.6, you're running Snow Leopard. The "X" is actually roman numeral ten. So, it's not "Mac Oh-Ess Ecks", but actually pronounced "Mac Oh-Ess Ten".

    Hope that clears things up for you a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBridge View Post
    ok so i just got my mac about a week ago. and i have seen people they have os leopar , tiger, i think i even saw panther. Whats the difference between all of these? When i go to the "About this MAc section" it says i HAve Mac OS X Version 10.6.4... is that leopard or tiger etc...or it it just mac osx..

    whats the difference between all of these thanxz!
    Not sure if your interest/question is just curiosity...or if you think that you're "not keeping up with the neighbors"...but the version of the OS you have (10.6.4)...is the latest & greatest Mac OS version...so everything else is in the past!

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    Well consider it the same as differences between Windows 7, Vista, XP, ME, 2000 , 98 etc. Just names depicting upgraded operating systems is all.

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    oh ok.. thanxz to all...
    i just wanted to educate myself better on mac..
    thanxz to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Mac OS X 10.0 "Cheetah"
    Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma"
    Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar"
    Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther"
    Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger"
    Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"
    Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBridge View Post
    Whats the difference between all of these?
    Well, typically, when it jumps "a tenth" (like 10.1 to 10.2) that's a substantial upgrade. Within each named OS there are smaller updates, such as 10.5.7 to 10.5.8, which is the highest version of Leopard. However, Snow Leopard broke the mold. It's not as big of a jump as previous upgrades. But, you already have it, so the older ones aren't of much concern.

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