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Evening all, Hope everyone is staying safe?

I have a 2020 iMac 27” which is currently on Catalina, but as it’s now been a good while since the release of Big Sur & time for bugs to be ironed out, I am now hearing very positive things so I’m now thinking it time to update it...

But I want to ask, aside from the obvious of making sure I have all important things backed up & a time machine ect.. is there anything I should be aware of? It’s first time iv done a major macOS upgrade & just want to check there isn’t anything else Mac system wise, I should be aware of?

Should I remove external drives?

Also I primarily use my iMac for photography & using Lightroom Classic & occasionally Photoshop, now as far as I know these are all running fine on Big Sur, but is there also anything separate I need to do for these specifically aside from again the normal backups? Will my Lr catalog files stay where they are when it updates or do I need to re add the

Many Thanks :)
 
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Best of luck with Big Sur. I had a couple of days with it and hated the way things worked, never mind looked. Seems to me to be like an iPad but on a big screen with a mouse and keypad. You may like it, I definitely did not. A couple of programs I tried to install would not have it, kept coming up saying I did not have permission to open the ***** app. something to do with code signing and I just could not be bothered to go through al the hoops to get a couple of programs running. Rolled back to my previous OS and all is hunky dory again.
 
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I've tried to install it a few times but keep getting a message saying there isn't enough disk space - apparently it's a common problem. I'll stick with Catalina I think.
 
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Ahh thank you both, in that case I might stick with Catalina for a bit longer then aha :)
 
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I updated my 2016 iMac to Big Sur around Christmas time - not had any problems at all - kept my MacBook on Catalina so far in case I hit any problems but I haven't. To be honest I've not noticed much difference between the two.
 
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My 2020 iMac is running Big Sur and it's fine.

All the MS Office apps are fine, as are Adobe. Chrome works as it should, but I do have an issue with a couple of my Amateur Radio apps, but I think that's down to the driver that turns a USB port into a serial interface, which now needs to be upgraded, but I can't find one.
 
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Been on it for about 4 weeks no. No real problems, just getting used to new looking things.
 
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I upgraded my 2017 iMac to Big Sur a month or so ago, no problems. I had already re-installed my old 32-bit Lightroom 6.14 onto the old 2009 iMac running High Sierra in order to keep that going. I've not had any issues at all.
@Jelster Silicon Labs has released a new driver to run in Big Sur - check it out (v6.0). My new Mac Mini M1 arrives today, to be dedicated to radio use, so I'm banking on the new driver as I run MacLoggerDX, JTDX , Skookum Logger and a few other radio apps, and my old white MacBook can't handle some of the newer releases of some apps.
 
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Been running big sur for a while as I'm on the Beta program. There were a few niggles early on but I've had no problems for months now
 
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Been running big sur for a while as I'm on the Beta program. There were a few niggles early on but I've had no problems for months now
Same here, no issues at all.
 
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