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OS X for older Macs

XPostFacto is a partially open source app that purports to allow you to run OS X on older Macs. I can understand the motivation; some people have spent a lot of money on Apple hardware and the idea of tossing it in a recycling bin is painful to contemplate. It's that pain that XPostFacto seeks to eliminate. Of course, not all Macs can be brought to OS X; see Other World Computing's XPostFacto 4 site for supported models. You can buy a supported version there, or download the free version.

If you are someone thinking about this, keep in mind that sooner or later you are going to have to bite the bullet and move on. Next time, don't make the mistake of buying expensive hardware unless you really need it. There's always an OS X on the horizon, and your hardware will always be obsolete after a few years. If you buy at the low end, you can probably afford to buy again in two or three years. With the rapid increases in power, you'll probably get more power for your money that way than if you buy top of the heap and keep it for year after year. Of course if you really need the biggest and baddest, fine - but if that's the case, you should be able to justify spending the big bucks again to keep up. For most people, buying at the bottom is the strategy that makes sense today.

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