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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RE: No biggie
by Morgan on Thu 12th Jul 2012 00:20 UTC in reply to "No biggie"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I know your comment was meant as bait, but yeah that might be an option for some. Another option would be to pass on Mountain Lion, and yet another would be to sell the Mac and buy a current generation i5/i7 Windows machine. You could even install a 64-bit GNU/Linux OS or a BSD alongside Windows and get your *nix on that way.

As for me? Well, my only Mac runs system 7.5.3 and boots in 10 seconds. ;)

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RE[2]: No biggie
by henderson101 on Thu 12th Jul 2012 00:25 in reply to "RE: No biggie"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Mine runs System 6 and boots in like, 2 seconds. *

* Power of factory installed ROM based OS (Mac Classic, has system 6 in ROM)

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RE[3]: No biggie
by Morgan on Thu 12th Jul 2012 00:30 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Nice! Mine's a Performa 460 with maxed RAM and a 200MB SCSI drive. Next upgrade is a 10MB Ethernet card.

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RE[3]: No biggie
by Laurence on Thu 12th Jul 2012 09:07 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Mine runs System 6 and boots in like, 2 seconds. *

* Power of factory installed ROM based OS (Mac Classic, has system 6 in ROM)

Mine runs BASIC and powers on instantly.

My next upgrade will be a GUI.

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RE[3]: No biggie
by JuEeHa on Thu 12th Jul 2012 10:35 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
JuEeHa Member since:
2012-04-24

I also have one of those. 2MB of RAM, 8MHz 68000 and 40MB HD. I have it now on mostly MacMINIX use. Only problems are that Minix 1.5 lacked sockets and TCP/IP and the processor beign 8MHz 68000 makes compiling stuff "fun".

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RE[2]: No biggie
by quackalist on Thu 12th Jul 2012 00:44 in reply to "RE: No biggie"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Another option might be to create a stink...wtf, why am I always surprised at the contempt Apple has for it's customers. Isn't one of the supposed 'pluses' of controlling both hardware and the OS that a limited...

why bother.

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RE[3]: No biggie
by Morgan on Thu 12th Jul 2012 00:59 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well we can't blame this particular issue on Jobs' absence as it was already in the planning stages before he died. But there are some decidedly negative vibes coming from the company these days. One in particular is Apple's decision to no longer seek EPEAT certification for any current and future products. I doubt he would have allowed that to happen.

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RE[2]: No biggie
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 12th Jul 2012 05:24 in reply to "RE: No biggie"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah... I have a 2007 macbok. No mountain lion for it. Not buying a new one, Its nice that things like netflix work, but I never got used to the *BSD userland I miss gnu when I'm on it. Plus, I'm not happy with the direction of the OS. Maybe I'll look into getting plasma active working on a transformer prime or something.

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RE[3]: No biggie
by moondevil on Thu 12th Jul 2012 07:55 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

BSD userland is the real UNIX, although I also apreciate GNU better.

Everytime I had to admin a real UNIX box, one of my first tasks was to install some GNU tools to make my work somehow more pleasant.

This is nothing against BSD, rather against commercial UNIX systems which offer tools that were never changed since the System V days.

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