Mac OS 10.6 Aloha PowerPC

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Mac OS 10.6 Aloha PowerPC

So is this the final death knell for the PowerPC?:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

16TB of RAM? That ship's leaving the harbor to a whole different world. Aloha 'Oe!

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That's just got to do with RA

That's just got to do with RAM addressing. 32-bit addressing only gets to 4GB RAM. 64-bit gets to 16 exabytes of RAM. The 16TB of RAM thing Apple is using is only a small fraction of the space the 64-bit addressing can use. However, the G5 is a 64-bit CPU, you know? Wink

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Yeah, I do know that, but my

Yeah, I do know that, but my impression of that webpage has No-Powermac written all over it. We should take down wagers. Who will wager that Mac OS 10.6 will support the G5? Obviously, the G4's are out, but what would compel Apple to include the G5? Rioting, desertion, defamatory statements? I've been eyeballing some decent G5 Craigslist listings lately and I've yet to see a MacPro listing over here, so it's a topic of personal concern. We've discussed this topic before, but I'm throwing it out again since there's a lot more info about 10.6 now.

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Hmm...

Perhaps Apple will only be supporting Intel with 10.6. That doesn't mean that they will stop supporting 10.5 for a while. They may be releasing updates for both 10.5 and 10.6 concurrently until the next major release.

My Macbook will be fine. The B&W G3 doesn't really care as it is stuck at 10.4.9 with its Powerlogix upgrade anyway.

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Considering Apple is still pu

Considering Apple is still pumping out updates for 10.4, I think there's no chance that 10.5 users will be left stranded, no matter who is supported by 10.6.

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And those of us still living in the dark ages ...

... still see occasional updates for 10.3 as well.

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Re: Yeah, I do know that, but my

Hawaii Cruiser wrote:
Yeah, I do know that, but my impression of that webpage has No-Powermac written all over it. We should take down wagers. Who will wager that Mac OS 10.6 will support the G5? Obviously, the G4's are out, but what would compel Apple to include the G5? Rioting, desertion, defamatory statements? I've been eyeballing some decent G5 Craigslist listings lately and I've yet to see a MacPro listing over here, so it's a topic of personal concern. We've discussed this topic before, but I'm throwing it out again since there's a lot more info about 10.6 now.

I'm in pretty much the same situation. I've seen some great deals on a few nice G5's (just last week there was a dual 2.3GHz with 3Gb of RAM for $850. I would really like to know if the G5 is going to be supported before I shell out that kind of cash.

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Re: And those of us still living in the dark ages ...

cwsmith wrote:
... still see occasional updates for 10.3 as well.

you can get OS 9.2 updates as well.....

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Snow Leopard 10.6 is Intel on

Snow Leopard 10.6 is Intel only:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html

Apple will no doubt be releasing updates for 10.5 Leopard for quite some time: OS X 10.4 Tiger was released in April 2005, and Apple is still releasing updates for it more than four years later.

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$29 ?

Upgrade from 10.5 to 10.6 for only $29 w/free shipping! That's a first, isn't it? Never thought I'd see the day...

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Yep, pretty sweet. And the up

Yep, pretty sweet. And the upgrade-installation process is remarkably painless.

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It's a full install disc too;

It's a full install disc too; you don't have to have Leopard -- or any OS, for that matter -- on your hard drive to install Snow Leopard.

I suspect the $29 price point is due to three reasons:

1. 10.6 isn't a whole ton different than 10.5 when it comes to functionality; $129 for what would be a service pack in the Windows world is too much.
2. Times are tough, but most people can swallow $30 for an OS upgrade. That, and Apple's sitting on a pile of money, so they certainly aren't hurting by not charging more.
3. Puttin' the screws to Microsoft even more. $30 for the upgrade severely undercuts the $200+ Microsoft wants for an upgrade to Windows 7 -- and those upgrades *do* require you already have Vista or XP on your hard drive, plus you have to deal with all that silly activation stuff.

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