Apple always finds a way to come up with some cool and catchy titles for its operating systems as well as many of their products. This time they have released Apple OS X Lion for their newest operating system and are touting it as “The World’s most advanced OS” according to their title which came up first even when searching for Snow Leopard.
Snow Leopard was released on August 28, 2009 under the APSL and Apple EULA licenses as a “desktop and server operating system” according to Wikipedia. “Unlike prevoius versions of Mac OS X, the goals with Snow Leopard were improved performance, greater efficiency and the reduction of its overall memory footprint. Addition of new end-user features was not a primary goal”(Wiki). Apple clearly takes many different approaches to their software and operating system than Microsoft and their history with Microsoft Windows. (Photo Credit: Sibylle Stofer)
The requirements for Snow Leopard are: 1 GB Ram, 5 GB of free disk space, and a DVD drive or external USB or Firewire among a few others if advanced features like Quicktime hardware acceleration and OpenCL video graphics are wanted.
So is it still a good choice or should I upgrade to Lion? Apple’s OS have proved pretty strong to the test of time and software and you will be alright keeping with Snow Leopard. For the most part all of the features you really need are already included in OS whether they are Snow Leopard ( or before ) or Windows XP, Vista, or 7. I am not primarily a Mac user but have used them in many business and personal situations and can attest to their performance and overall ability to get things done despite the version. most people usually only need web and office programs which work on almost all versions of most operating systems anyways so unless your using a super old version from the late nineties or early 2000’s I am sure you are fine.
Snow Leopard Official Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X_Snow_Leopard