I own an Early 2008, white MacBook (MB403LL/A) which still has Snow Leopard, 10.6.8, installed.
My understanding is Mountain Lion will not support my MacBook. If this turns out to be true then I would probably want to upgrade to Lion since it will be the last supported (for a bit longer) release which I could use.
Previously, before the App Store when OS X was sold on optical media, it was always possible to purchase an older version of OS X. The media was still "out there".
With Lion I am not sure what my options are. Does anyone know if I would still be able to buy and install Lion from the App Store after Apple releases Mountain Lion?
I'm just trying to better understand what my options might be. I really have no desire to install Lion unless and until I feel I have no other choice.
Update: July 26, 2012
Copying the link to MacWorld article Apple pulls Lion from the Mac App Store into this question. (The link was in one of bmike's comments below.) The article seems to sum up my question/concerns about this matter rather well.
I also found the excerpt from this article quoted below interesting. Apparently not even Apple knows how to respond to this?
- ... Apple spokesperson Monica Sarkar told Macworld that, while Lion is no longer available for sale from the Mac App Store, customers can still purchase it from the legacy products list via Apple phone sales. But when we called 1-800-MY-APPLE, sales representatives there said Lion was not available.