rgovostes at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 03:05:47 UTC 2008
On Aug 10, 2008, at 2:12 AM, Dan wrote:
> It sounds like a lot of good excuses, er a reasons, to drop Tiger
> have been outlined in this thread - all in the name of making
> development easier. But what about the product itself? Are there
> that many features you want to implement that can ONLY be done in
> Leopard? You're talking about dumping of over a HUNDRED THOUSAND
> users. Doesn't seem to me like "easy" is a very good justification
> for that.
Leopard has and Snow Leopard will bring significant changes to the way
we interact with the system. We must implement these changes as Apple
has deprecated and will eventually remove the old APIs.
Many of the changes Apple has made in Leopard and Snow Leopard are to
making developing applications easier, and make the resulting
applications faster and more capable. The sooner we implement the
necessary changes, the sooner we can develop using new technologies
like Core Animation, new QuickTime APIs, 64-bit applications, and
garbage collection. Most of these aren't new features that can be
"ONLY" done in Leopard; they're fundamental to how we interact with
the system to implement new features on top of.
Adium 1.3 will always run in Tiger, and maybe Adium 1.4 will too. But
if Apple pulls in one direction we cannot resist or we risk not being
able to run in future operating systems at all. Even if we delay in
updating, it just creates more work for us further down the road. It's
not not trivial to straddle the gap.
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