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    Nov 06, 2011
    Snow Leopard or Lion?? your advice!!
    New 27" imac. came installed with snow leopard. Have the option to upgrade free to lion? Just some advice needed... if you were new to mac which OS should I begin this new journey with?

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    osxx's Avatar
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    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    Lion will continue to be supported as the future of SL will be uncertain and all future
    upgrades may require Lion. Don't get me wrong SL works great but at some point iTunes or Safari may introduce a version that may not be compatible with SL .

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    BrianLachoreVPI's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2011
    March 2011 15" MBP 2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram | Mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 2 TB HDD
    You may as well start with Lion. There's not extraordinary differences between them - and you may as well learn the Lion gestures first instead of having to unlearn SL gestures and incorporate the Lion changes. I see no good reason for starting with SL.

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    Jan 07, 2008
    In Denial
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    +2 on Lion
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Zeke_D's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2010
    Prescott Valley, Arizona
    13" MacBook Pro i5 / 4GB / 250GB
    -1 on lion. lots of issues especially printing to windows shared printers. I like a lot of features of lion. I hate some things in lion. I run both, especially for PPC compatibility. If you are purchasing everything new, then you should not have any issues with lion.
    [ gen1 16gb iPad | gen2 500gb time capsule | gen3 32gb iPod touch | gen1 40gb appleTV ]
    [ 12" iBook 1.33ghz | 1.25gb RAM | Mobility Radeon 9550 | 40gb HDD ]
    [ eMac 1ghz | 1gb RAM | Radeon 9200 32mb | 240gb HDD | Airport Extreme ]

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    Jun 22, 2008
    Forest Hills, NYC
    15-inch Early 2008; Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; Memory 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 10.7.5
    Do yourself a favor and don't get used to Snow Leopard. I love Snow Leopard and only kind of/sort of like Lion. I only boot into Lion for educational purposes for work. I'd have been perfectly happy without Lion, as there's no advantage in running it for me. I'm not a "cloud" person yet, and the little tidbits that make Lion "neat" I can also live without, as Snow Leopard does things just as well.


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    Feb 28, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    MBP 3.06Ghz, MBP 2.2Ghz, Mini G4, B/W G3 (Media Server), LCII, Beige G3
    Upgrade to Lion while you don't have much to compare to how it "was", then you won't be on here like the rest of us complaining about how it "is" different from Snow Leopard (myself included).

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    May 24, 2011
    Sahuarita, AZ USA
    21.5 in. iMac i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mt. Lion 10.8.2
    I'd go with Lion at the outset because future upgrades may require it. SL was a fine system during the first 5 months of iMac ownership. My use is simple and I had no need for Lion's features but the upgrade was painless and the learning curve not too bad with only 5 months of SL under my belt.

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