The Intel Core Duo and Solo processors used in the first generation MacBooks and MacBook Pros offered no 64-bit support. These are now no longer supported by Apple, nor by app developers – makes sense after 10 years. But what do you do if you still have one lying around?
Well in the case of an old MacBook Pro Intel Core Duo 2.0 – 2.16 GHz, you can repurpose the computer for writing, programming and/ or dual booting Linux.
To get the most out of a MacBook Pro still running Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), check out the list below for the latest compatible legacy 32-bit applications.
The purpose of this list is to maintain the most updated versions for useful software that a standard 32-bit Intel Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) user might require.
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- Updates for Safari and Chrome must be downloaded manually. However, both Chrome and Safari are no longer supported for the 32-bit platform. See internet browsers
- Internet Browser
- Office Productivity
- PyMol v. 1.3r1 (Follow external link for free Education Use)
- SFTP/ FTP
- Video Conversion
- HandBrake v. 0.9.5 (i386)
- Ubuntu Server USB Installation
- Follow the Official Ubuntu Guide and make sure to get the latest 32-bit Ubuntu Server version.
- Note however that the latest version of Unetboot no longer works on Snow Leopard. The latest compatible version is v. 613.
- Unetbootin v. 613 (Or from the official Sourceforge repository – I won’t be offended 😉 )
- Web Development
- PoEdit v. 1.5.7 – Edit *.po language translation files
If anyone has any other suggestions to add to the list feel free to leave a comment in the section below!