10.9 Mavericks Compatibility Notes

OS X 10.9 Mavericks was release on October 22nd.  CalArts IT is currently evaluating the new operating system to determine any incompatibilities or other issues between 10.9 and our environment.  

Historically we have delayed implementation of new operating systems until their first or second update (e.g., OS X Lion did not work with Active Directory properly until 10.7.2).  We do not recommend upgrading to 10.9 until we have certified it for use.  (See update below!)

This warning does not apply to newly purchased Macs, however, as new Macs are unable to run anything besides the current (and future) versions of OS X.  In these cases please refer to the below list of issues and notes we have compiled so far.

  1. Gmail support in OS X Mail has been changed and largely broken.  http://tidbits.com/article/14219
  • Apple has released an update for 10.9 that should address these issues.  We have not tested this as CalArts IT does not support mail clients.  More information on the update: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6030
  • Adobe has announced that some updates on their software are required before use. http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/mac-os-mavericks-compatability.html
    • 12/17/13: This is largely an non-issue at this point.  We have successfully installed and used CS6 and Creative Cloud apps on 10.9.
  • Our VPN service (applicable only to Faculty and Staff) is not compatible with 10.9.  We are working on bringing a replacement VPN online. http://forums.juniper.net/t5/SSL-VPN/Network-Connect-Issue-with-OS-X-Mavericks-Safari-7-0-and-Java-7/m-p/213627#M19247
    • 12/13/13: A workaround has been developed.  Downloading the Network Connect app directly from https://hatch.calarts.edu/dana-cached/nc/NetworkConnect.dmg has allowed the current VPN service to be used in 10.9 while we wait for the replacement.

    As of 12/16/2013 Apple has released the first point release, 10.9.1, that has addressed a series of issues in Mavericks.  The new operating system is now supported by IT, although we still do not recommend upgrading to 10.9 without fully confirming that all required applications are compatible.  We are not able to confirm compatibility with programs like Logic, Maya, etc.

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