Should I put Leopard on my G4s?
November 5, 2007 12:06 PM Subscribe
I'm concerned about making my computers sluggish by "upgrading" them. Should I install Leopard on older G4 Macs?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin to Technology (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I understand that Leopard runs faster than previous versions of OS X on the newer Intel Macs, but my family has three G4s and I'm wondering if I should upgrade them. This question is purely about performance--we already bought the disc for another computer--so it's not a question of price. I've seen the system requirements
and I'm nervous about the transition because these computers fall on the low end of the scale. Here are the setups for the G4 computers:
Dual 867 MHz Power Mac with 2 GB of RAM
1.33 GHz Powerbook with 512 MB of RAM
1 GHz iBook with 1 GB of RAM
We don't really tax the first two with heavy gaming or graphic editing, though I use Photoshop occasionally on the iBook. I know that new programs often come out that aren't compatible with older versions of OS X and I'd like to avoid that happening. Complicating the situation is that I'll be doing this over one week while I visit home; long-term observation of the systems' performance isn't an option. What do you think? Should I upgrade?