I have an iMac from 2008 that is currently running Leopard and I would like to upgrade to Mavericks. What ways are there to upgrade, while spending the least amount of money. Also, are there any special discounts that Apple offers to students?

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You have to purchase Snow Leopard ($20 USD) and, then, upgrade to Mavericks at no cost, according to Apple's website: http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/

IDK if Apple has a discount program for students.

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    Yeah, if and only if you Mac is compatible with Mavericks. If it running Leopard, likely not. Check out this link to see. everymac.com/mac-answers/os-x-10.9-mavericks-faq/… Jun 12, 2014 at 0:11
  • Yep, Steve, you're right! :) Jun 12, 2014 at 3:12
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    A 2008 iMac should be compatible with Leopard (proof: this was posted from a mid-2007 iMac running Mavericks).
    – Ian C.
    Jun 12, 2014 at 3:40
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    @SteveChambers I just finished upgrading. The computer can run Mavericks with absolutely no problem. :) It starts ever so slightly slower than it did with Leopard (one or two extra seconds) but it runs just as smoothly.
    – Paul Manta
    Jun 12, 2014 at 7:28
  • Very cool, glad to hear it! Jun 12, 2014 at 14:35

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