Why I Run Old System Software

C.T. semaphore45 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 10 22:35:57 PDT 2014

I quite agree with you Mike on this one. My main machine is still Snow Leopard, and while I am not a developper, I just couldn’t replicate the perfect balance it struck between user-friendliness and underlying power and compatibility.

> El 10/10/2014, a las 22:18, Michael Crawford <mdcrawford at gmail.com> escribió:
> (On the thread about the bash function problem, someone asked why the
> fellow runs such an old version of OS X.)
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> Mike
> Michael David Crawford
> mdcrawford at gmail.com
> http://www.warplife.com/mdc/
>   Available for Software Development in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan
> Area.
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM, Greg Earle <earle at isolar.dyndns.org> wrote:
>>> Personally I wouldn't replace Apple's bash/sh with MacPorts' versions.
>> I did suggest building it himself first, with copying MacPorts' bash as a
>> fallback. I even provided a caveat as to why it might not be a good idea.
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