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Mac OSX Lion 10.7 Differences

What's Different from Snow Leopard

  • Rosetta is no longer available. This means PowerPC based code will not run on any Mac running OS 10.7. The following applications are no longer supported in Lion:
    • Fugu
    • Oracle Calendar
  • Samba is no longer used for connecting to or creating Windows shares. Apple replaced it with its own SMB/CIFS implementation called SMBX and is based on Microsoft's SMB2 protocol. Benefits of SMBX include the following:
    • DFS support: Macs with OS X Lion can now connect to DFS shares
    • Windows file sharing is faster and not as erratic as its Snow Leopard predecessor
  • Java is no longer bundled with OS X but is downloaded on demand from Apple similar to how Rosetta was installed on Snow Leopard.
    • Symantec Live update requires Java so SCS Computing Facilities will be installing Java on all SCS supported Macs.

What's New in Lion

  • A recovery partition is created when Lion is installed that gives the option to boot recovery tools such as disk utility or terminal. This also allows restores from a time machine backup or to reinstall the operating system.
  • A complete list of new features can be found here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/features.html

Software Compatibility on OS X Lion

Status of supported software and Lion:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
    • Installs and functions correctly except that it requires Java for Live update.
    • An error is given if Java isn't installed, and then OS X downloads and installs Java.
  • Cisco AnyConnect Client
    • Works with Lion
  • iPass
    • Works with Lion
  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat Pro X
  • OpenAFS
    • Not working and currently not supported
  • Firefox
    • Works with Lion (versions 4, 5, 6 tested)
  • Thunderbird
    • Works with Lion
  • Oracle Calendar
    • Not Supported in Lion
    • If you need to use Oracle calendar please contact the SCS Help Desk to determine if it will be possible for you under Lion
  • Fetch
    • Works with Lion
  • Fugu
    • Not supported in Lion
    • Replaced with Fetch
  • Microsoft Office
  • Tibs Backup Client
    • Works with Lion
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac