OS X revs...

Geoffrey Broadwell geoff at broadwell.org
Tue Dec 2 22:11:41 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-02 at 16:29 -0500, Will Coleda wrote:
> Inspired by the recent MSVC discussion, can I get a show of hands?
> What compiler version / OS rev / CPU are parrot developers actively
> developing with?
> Coke: 4.0.1 / 10.4.11 / intel [0]
> I want to get an idea of what versions of OS X we're specifically
> going to support for the 1.0 release, with an eye towards cleaning up
> the RT queue.
> [0] (I have a PPC somewhere that I haven't touched in a year, and
> never do active development on at this point that I could press into
> service to run the occasional smoke if necessary)

I don't actively develop on it (hence no PLATFORMS update), but I have a
PPC Mac, currently running 10.5.latest.  The main things I wanted to
point out are:

1. I had to upgrade from 10.3 to "10.4 or later" because several apps my
family needs no longer offer a 10.3 version.  This includes both closed
source and libre software.

2. Apple seems to be phasing out support for pre-G5 Macs.  Ours is a
1GHz G4, and just barely has the minimum hardware to install OS X 10.5.
Several iLife '08 components either refused to install or stated that
some major features would be disabled.  It's looking likely that the
next time our apps require an OS update, we'll need to buy a new Intel
Mac (and install PPC Linux on the old one).

Given the above, I suspect that:

  * We should follow the trend and declare 10.4 as the earliest OS X
    we support for Parrot 1.0.

  * We still need to support G4 and G5 PPCs under OS X for Parrot 1.0,
    but Apple will probably desupport them a couple years from now.


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