Why I Run Old System Software
dave at horsfall.org
Fri Oct 10 19:59:42 PDT 2014
On Fri, 10 Oct 2014, Michael Crawford wrote:
> (On the thread about the bash function problem, someone asked why the
> fellow runs such an old version of OS X.)
Ah, that someone would be me :-)
> I myself generally delay upgrading the system software on any platform I
> am developing for, so as to ensure that the code I write runs well on
> old systems.
A reasonable goal.
> This so I won't be requiring my users to upgrade their own operating
> systems to run my code.
> That's not the way it's commonly practiced in commercial software
> development. Apple wants to move iDevices, so Apple does everything in
> its power to get third-party developers to write products that only run
> on the latest platforms.
> I find that practice _profoundly_ offensive.
Me too... I can't update my old Ubuntu laptop because it's so old that
the path no longer exists; it has to be a full install if I want to run
anything reasonably up to date such as Firefox, printer drivers, etc.
> My Mom spent a lot of money for her Tiger G4 iMac back in 2002 or so. To
> this day it is in mint condition, there is nothing whatsoever wrong with
> it, however she has increasing annoyances such as, for example, SSL
> certs going past her expiry so that she's peppered with warnings about
> insecure websites.
> There's really no good reason that updated certs could not be installed,
> but were apple to provide those certs, then she wouldn't be purchasing
> an Intel Core iMac.
Which brings me to security in general (and I'm a security freak). Are
the fixes for Mavericks also available for Snow Leopard? Mavericks got
bumped up a notch last month, along with a shirt-load of other things.
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