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Discontinued Security Updates for Snow Leopard

Apple has discontinued issuing security updates for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Anyone still using Snow Leopard should consider updating your operating system. OS X 10.9 Mavericks is free from the Macintosh App Store, but requires a Mac with 2GB RAM (4GB RAM or more is better), a 64-bit Intel CPU, and a 64-bit EFI. To check if your EFI is "EFI32" or "EFI64", run this command in the terminal:

ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi

Should you have an older Macintosh that reports EFI32, the latest operating system you can run is OS X 10.7 Lion. Mountain Lion, Mavericks (and presumably Yosemite) must have a 64-bit EFI. If you absolutely need to get OS X 10.7 Lion, it is available through the Apple Store.

X11 / Matlab by Remote

If you want to use remote applications with X forwarding (e.g. ssh -Y user@server), such as Matlab, you need X11 software installed.
See below for link.

Useful Software

Software Location Notes
X11 Required for X forwarding via SSH (i.e. Matlab)
VirtualBox Free to use Virtual Machine software
The Gimp Image editing software
Audacity Audio editing software
Latex, Mactex Latex for Mac
Libre Office Fork of Open Office that is well maintained
Text Wrangler Excellent light-weight text/code editor
The Unarchiver Extract files from compressed formats not natively supported by Mac, like RAR and 7z
Mac Ports Command line tool to retrieve/compile open source software (requires Xcode*)
0xED Hex editor

*Xcode is available from the Macintosh app store.

-- JoeyArmstrong - 28 Apr 2009
-- PeterBailie - 26 Sept 2014
Topic revision: r5 - 26 Sep 2014, PeterBailie

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