Linked by moondevil on Wed 11th Jul 2012 22:49 UTC
Mac OS X Ars Technica is reporting that certain 64bit Mac models won't be able to run Mountain Lion. The problem is the graphic card drivers; these are still 32bit, and Apple is unwilling to update them to 64bit. A 64bit kernel can't load 32bit drivers, so that's that. Apple has a list of supported models on their Mountain Lion upgrade page, so you can easily check if your computer is capable of running Mountain Lion.
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kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I think this is a bad move.

Tech does not move near as fast as it at one time did. This means the useful years of a system are extended beyond the usual time they used to be useful machines.

I have a old 3000+ with 1.5gigs of ram that is still a fast machine for basic applications and even faster then some systems built today (netbook for example). Yet I can hook up that machine and install XP and get all my drivers from Windows update and be on the road with a modern browser and security updates. And this in on a 12yo OS. I have even had Windows 7 running on that machine without issue and I think I got that machine in 2003-04 or somewhere around that time.

So, a 1400$ machine (give or take) that is still fast today but only has a six year lifespan because the proprietary Gods say so? You Apple just lost a customer!


You do realise that you can keep using Mac OS X Lion after Mountain Lion is released - your computer isn't going to spontaneously combust into a giant fireball.

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