Are You Ready For OS X Lion

Are you ready for Lion OS X coming in July, if not there are a couple of things you can do to get ready.

  • First check to make sure your computer support Lion. You need to have at least a Core 2 Duo Processor and 2 GB or more of memory and be on Snow Leopard. You can find all this information by click on About this Mac under the Apple icon in the top left corner.
  • Are any of your must have applications legacy Power PC apps. If you don’t know, you can find out by clicking on the Apple icon, then About this Mac, then more information. Scroll down to where you see Applications under Software. If they say Intel or Universal you are fine. If the say Power PC, you need to find a replacement, not up grade or set your computer to dual-boot.
  • If you have printer drivers, video card driver or any other peripherals that don’t use OS X provided drivers, you will want to check with the manufacture’s website to make sure that they will run on Lion.
  • Do a full backup. You can do this using Time Machine or a program like Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. This is also a great time to remove any apps you don’t use and clean out caches, logs, unnecessary files and folders. Think of it as moving to a new house, you don’t take junk when you move to a new home, so why take junk to a new OS.
  • If you have a desk top mac, this might be a good time to look into getting a Magic Trackpad, so you can take advantage of all the multi-gesture features that OS X Lions will offer. If you rather stick with a mouse and keyboard, that’s fine also.
  • Finally, there is no need to rush into Lion OS X. It is ok to wait and let other people be the pioneers.

While going over this list I have decided its time to do some memory upgrade. I have 2 GB of memory, which is the minimum for Lion OS X, but it will probably run better with more memory. Do you have anything that you need upgrade or change before going to Lion OS X. Do you plan to go to Lion as soon as its available or do you plan to wait?

2 thoughts on “Are You Ready For OS X Lion

  1. Apple finally added TRIM support to OS X with the 10.6.8 update. However, it sounds like it may only support Apple SSDs and not third-party upgrades.

  2. Lion looks like a pass so far. The only thing and it is big one is TRIM support for SSD’s. And since I need a 500GB+ drive I won’t need TRIM anytime soon. Once SSD’s are at a dollar a gig I’m in. I just can’t justify the cost at this point, and no I won’t schlep around a external drive for my laptop everywhere I go and the cloud is still not reliable or even present where I live and work so that, that would be an option.

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