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New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: chopper
Date: December 01, 2018 12:48PM
A friend gave me her old 20 inch Cd2 iMac which is still 100% as it was when it rolled out of the apple store. 10.6.8 my favorite OS.

Might install windows 7 on it.
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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 01, 2018 01:23PM
I inherited a similar machine from my work. I plan to use an external FW800 case and an add to make a fun gaming machine out of it.
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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 01, 2018 01:43PM
Those machines make great iTunes machines and digital picture frames!



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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: Winston
Date: December 01, 2018 05:00PM
While I think 10.6 is a great OS, there is no longer any supported web browser for it. Be aware that using it for web browsing really isn't safe anymore.

My 2010 MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Core2Duo, also came with 10.6, but runs well on El Capitan (10.11). However, I was able to add a lot of memory to it (16 GB).

Core2Duo iMacs were sold from 2007-2009 (excepting Education-market-only models from 2009-2012) and could handle 6 or 8 GB of memory.


Good luck.

- Winston



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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: chopper
Date: December 01, 2018 05:17PM
Pretty sure I can run Waterfox on it.

What exactly is the issue with running an old browser? I do light photoshop, check email and word process on it.
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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 01, 2018 06:29PM
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chopper
What exactly is the issue with running an old browser? I do light photoshop, check email and word process on it.

Some peeps might say security, but I say say pffft.

You might find some websites wont work with older browsers, but other than that, meh.





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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 01, 2018 07:38PM
New to you L E A D E R!


Those machines make great iTunes machines and digital picture frames!

Ouch! LOL!


Some peeps might say security, but I say say pffft

Stay away from sketchy sites (whatever those may be) and security probably won't be an issue.


You might find some websites wont work with older browsers, but other than that, meh.

One of my Macs lives on Mavs, and Safari is beginning to have more and more trouble resolving some web sites. As much as I don't care for FireFox, it does work on some Safari doesn't. No idea if it will work on 10.6.





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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: Winston
Date: December 01, 2018 08:40PM
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chopper
Pretty sure I can run Waterfox on it.

What exactly is the issue with running an old browser? I do light photoshop, check email and word process on it.

As I understand it, "modern" browsers get patched for various security holes that pop up. Once that stops happening, malicious code on a web site has a better chance of getting onto your Mac. Or, in the example below, Safari doesn't alert you that it's being directed to a fake web site (a "modern" browser should give you a warning).

Do a web search for "Safari security hole" and see what comes up. One example:
[nakedsecurity.sophos.com]
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We’ve seen quite a few articles out there telling you to Beware! if you use the Safari browser, because Attackers Can Spoof URLs!

This sounds like a serious issue, worthy of the boldfaced exclamation points we’ve used above, and here’s why.

A spoofed URL is where the address bar at the top of your browser shows a website name that is deliberately and misleadingly different from the web page displayed in the browser itself.

That’s not supposed to happen.

The content served up by a website can display pretty much anything it wants in the main browser window, including fraudulent text and other people’s logos, but the address bar itself is supposed to be sacrosanct.


There have been examples of security holes that can actually let malicious code take control of your computer via your web browser. For example:
[www.cisecurity.org]
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06/30/2015
OVERVIEW:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple iOS, Mac OS X, and Safari. . . .
These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted webpage, or opens a specially crafted file, including an email attachment, using a vulnerable version of OS X.

Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user, remote code execution within the context of the application, and bypass of security systems.


Good luck.

- Winston



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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: Winston
Date: December 01, 2018 08:41PM
ps: Given how many big companies, who theoretically have robust security, have been hacked, it's not unreasonable to expect that even some legitimate web sites are harboring malicious code.



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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: Winston
Date: December 01, 2018 09:03PM
This might be of interest:

[www.reddit.com]
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March 18, 2017
Waterfox has set the minimum OS X version to 10.4 (Tiger) with no guarantee to work. The last Firefox version to officially support OS X 10.6 was Firefox 48, so the corresponding Waterfox version would have to be Waterfox 48. You can grab the Waterfox 48.0.1 file here: [www.waterfoxproject.org] This version should work on OS X 10.6. If you need another language than English you can get the applicable XPI file form the Mozilla Firefox add-on page.

You might also be interested in Firefox 45 ESR, in this case you can download the current file from here (choose the language abbreviation that applies to you): [archive.mozilla.org] This ESR will still receive security updates for the next 8 weeks, but then it is also over for that version.

No browser will support OS X 10.6 from this point going forward. If you are interested in running the current Waterfox please install OS X 10.9 or higher. [Emphasis added.]

As a sidenote: Still using OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is definitely NOT recommended, as this OS X hasn't received any security updates from Apple since 2013(!!!).



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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 01, 2018 11:02PM
At this point I would not use 10.6.8 for anything online. I would make it a stand-alone Machine and use USB drives to move files back and forth
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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: tlh828
Date: December 02, 2018 04:42AM
I use 10.6.8 on a headless Mini with an Apple USB Fax Modem connected to a VOIP "landline". (Yes, some still must be able to send and receive faxes). Remote screen sharing allows complete access. Works great.
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Re: New 2 Me iMac: Going to keep it at 10.6.8
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 02, 2018 08:22AM
I also have 10.6.8 on a headless mini. Every time I use it I feel like it was our peek GUI. It has a workout no version of DiskUtility and it’s worth keeping just for that.



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