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Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: roshi
Date: May 21, 2020 01:59PM
For myself, I am always in the latest iteration of whatever OS. But for my wife's iMac, I let her stay way way behind the bleeding edge. Mainly because I don't want to have to deal with the problems. Usually something goes wrong with Apple Mail. Her folders do not synchronize or something.

Her iMac is in Mojave and I am wondering if there is any advantage to migrating her to Catalina.

I have 2 Time Machine backups of her machine going, plus ongoing Carbon Copy Cloner copies.

thanks - seeking your opinions based on experience!
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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 21, 2020 02:32PM
No real advantage ive seen so far (recently moved from Sierra)... and if shes a big mail user... some real disadvantages.

And of course, 32 bit apps going bye bye.



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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 21, 2020 02:56PM
If it’s been in Mojave for quite a while, the greater moisture of Catalina could be just the thing needed.



















Sorry, couldn’t resist!
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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: d4
Date: May 21, 2020 04:15PM
Was there an issue or something about Mojave and Catalina playing nicely with HDD vs SSD? But I guess if she's been on Mojave with no issues, this thought it moot.



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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 21, 2020 05:26PM
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d4
Was there an issue or something about Mojave and Catalina playing nicely with HDD vs SSD? But I guess if she's been on Mojave with no issues, this thought it moot.

Yes. Catalina will slow a hard disk boot drive to the point where it's unusable.

It's tolerable with a Fusion drive.

Not so bad with SSD.



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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: May 21, 2020 05:38PM
Yes, you need to consider if she will miss any 32bit and take that into account.
I say get rid of them all. Looking for substitutes or a different workflow is time better spent than feeding zombie apps.
Also, switch to IMAP for mail if at all possible to get ready for any other OS or device.
Catalina is a solid OS overall.
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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: roshi
Date: May 21, 2020 07:05PM
She has graduated from all 32 bit apps. And her email is IMAP. She has her own domain name, and a Google Mail account that she pays $50 a year for.

The main issue is the interaction between Google's mail servers and Apple Mail on her Mac and iPhone. As far as I can tell.

I want to put her into Catalina with all the latest security stuff, but do not want to break anything. Or waste hours and hours and hours restoring her machine from backups.

She has a 2017 iMac that came with the 1 TB SSD internal. Mojave 10.14.6.
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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 21, 2020 10:25PM
Seems like a simple upgrade then.

Again, she may not like the new apple mail interface, we discussed it recently.

Security smucrity, blah, blah blah is what I think when people mention it as a reason.



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Re: Safe to put wife's iMac into Catalina - she is in Mojave
Posted by: hal
Date: May 22, 2020 01:36PM
Apple still sends out quarterly security updates for Mojave - Catalina isn't going to be any more secure.
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