Information Services and Technology (IS&T) now offers full support for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and higher. Mountain Lion introduces several new features and changes, including new Notes and Reminders applications that sync with Exchange, updated Mail, Contacts, and Calendar applications, and a security feature named Gatekeeper that blocks unsigned software and reduces the risk of installing malware. A full list of new features can be found on Apple's website.
The minimum system requirements to run OS X Mountain Lion are as follows:
- 2 GB of memory
- 8 GB of available space
- OS X 10.6.8 or later required to upgrade
Mountain Lion supports the following Mac models:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
IS&T has purchased Mountain Lion licenses for MIT faculty and staff for use on MIT-owned equipment. Mountain Lion can be downloaded, free of charge, from IS&T's Software Grid. Before upgrading on their own, departmental users should first check with their local IT support provider regarding the rollout plan for the new operating system.