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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Still Available From Apple.

Mac users who are looking to legitimately upgrade from 10.5.x to 10.6 (and beyond, where applicable), should be happy to know that Snow Leopard is recently available again in the Apple Store.

It’ll cost you $20 for the disk, but then you can then upgrade to later OS versions, which are available only through the Mac App Store, which was introduced with 10.6.8. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be easy to upgrade to, with a simple download-and-install. If you can only run OSX 10.7 Lion, though, you may have a little more difficulty.

Still, it’s nice to see Apple providing at least some sort of upgrade path for cautious-to-upgrade users.

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  • I have been running Snow Leopard (now 10.6.8) on my mid-2009 13-inch Mac Book Pro (5.5) almost problem-free. Is Snow leopard more stable than Mountain Lion on Mac Book Pros? The Apple discussions have some fairly negative comments about the newer OSes…

  • Of course, this could create a new groundswell for Snow Leopard, too… ;-)

    Had you seen the article that was run (by MacWorld or MacLife) which compared Snow Leopard to XP? (Not trying to start a flame – they were talking about how there a lot of people who for a variety of reasons – hardware incompatibility, not liking the iOS-ness of 10.7/10.8, etc.) have been sticking with Snow Leopard and not going to Lion or Mountain Lion.

    This new-found availability of 10.6 (and, at a lower price now) could encourage those who are still reluctant to go further, but who want some of the improvements that Snow Leopard brought (and Rosetta Stone for our non-upgradeable programs…).