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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 10.10 Yosemite 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, 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 https://xquartz.macosforge.org/landing Required for X forwarding via SSH (i.e. Matlab)
VirtualBox https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads Free to use Virtual Machine software
The Gimp http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html Image editing software
Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Audio editing software
Latex, Mactex http://www.tug.org/mactex Latex for Mac
Libre Office https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh Fork of Open Office that is well maintained
Text Wrangler http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/download.html Excellent light-weight text/code editor
The Unarchiver http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver Extract files from compressed formats not natively supported by Mac, like RAR and 7z
Mac Ports http://www.macports.org Command line tool to retrieve/compile open source software (requires Xcode*)
0xED http://www.suavetech.com/0xed/0xed.html Hex editor

*Xcode is available from the Macintosh app store.

-- JoeyArmstrong - 28 Apr 2009
-- PeterBailie - 29 Oct 2014
Topic revision: r6 - 29 Oct 2014, PeterBailie
 

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