[vlc-devel] [RFC] Dropping support for OS X 10.5
warren at etr-usa.com
Fri Aug 17 18:32:40 CEST 2012
On 8/17/2012 10:10 AM, Rafaël Carré wrote:
> maybe there are not much 10.6 users?
There are at least three reasons someone would have stayed on 10.6, even
now that 10.8 is out:
- They're just conservative. Too many bad upgrades in the past, etc. A
lot of professional users are like this: OS upgrades only happen between
major projects, if at all.
- They have software that won't work on 10.7 or newer. A huge class of
such software are PowerPC apps. 10.6 was the last version of OS X to
ship with the Rosetta PPC emulator. And yes, there are still PPC apps
people are stuck using. You also have situations like Adobe CS3 users
who are unwilling to spend hundreds to upgrade that just because
upgrading the OS breaks it and Adobe won't release patches to enable
compatibility. (And before you say "Boo, bad Adobe!" take a look in the
- 10.7 or 10.8 doesn't run on their machine. Apple is aggressive about
dropping support for old CPUs in their newer OSes. 10.7 dropped 32-bit
CPU support, which means there are systems released in 2008 that are
stuck on 10.6. (Yes, I'm aware that there are hacks to get around this.
Some people are unwilling or unable to hack their OS installer to fix
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