Rather that wait for the next (nightmare) release of Mac Pros, I just received delivery of a new 6 core (single chip) Mac Pro.
Great! Rubbing my hands together, then discovering that it is installed of course with 10.7 Lion. Which really really really sucks for more reasons that I have space to mention. For example it seems to have altered permissions in some way which prevents Altiverb for example, being able to remember anything. That is after you hack install it (as the installer needs Rosetta - unless you are upgrading a machine from SL to Lion, you cannot install Altiverb unless you manually copy it across) You get the idea… nightmare.
I have back graded this machine to 10.6.8. No mean feat I can tell you. A technique requiring the creation of a NetInstall disk image etc etc. It took several hours but I never thought I would actually jump for joy on hearing that dreadful lifestyle jingle at the Snow Leopard setup screen on a fresh install. Joy!
There’s risk attached though. I ahev invalidated my warrantly with Apple by doing this. And the video card is NEWER than 10.6.8. So we will see - and in fact this may be the cause of this one glitch so far):
The Nuendo 5.5.0 video engine keeps crashing, randomly it seems. After getting on the phone Steinberg, I have decided to remove the video engine bundle from the Nuendo package (I use another copy of Nuendo synched for video). So far so good. This was NOT Steinberg’s idea - they just so watch your step but it should be ok.
Any body else just bought a new mac with Lion?
If you are interested in the method I used to back-grade, send me a PM. It is not for the faint hearted.