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Follow OSXDaily. I guess its time to face the future and retire the trusty little black Macbook. Ironically, right now it dual boots windows 8. If your seven-plus year old Mac is still useful, OK, keep using it. All docs, apps and settings come over seamlessly. You should not mislead people into thinking their older incompatible applications will move over to new OS platforms and hardware that is not necessarily compatible.
Many 3rd party apps will have to be upgrades as will programs like Disk Warrior for the 64 bit environments.
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A brand-new OS may receive security updates, yes, but it also represents an unknown that will be subject to exploitation. IMO, as long as there are antivirus programs that run in Snow Leopard, Adobe Flash upgrades and browser upgrades, Snow Leopard is about as secure as anything else.
Has Apple published anything to suggest otherwise? Finally, if Apple no longer intends to release updates for Snow Leopard why are they still selling retail copies? My concern with this rush to speculation is that it will essentially push Apple to drop Snow Leopard and similarly-aged hardware that much sooner. Apple needs to issue security updates at least as long as is customary in the Windows world.
Apple products come at a premium, for one, and second more and more people are updating smaller format electronics like tablets and smartphones much faster than desktop systems or all-in-ones.
Given the trend to hang on to desktops and even laptops longer than was once the case, if anything Apple and associated developers should prepare for supporting these systems longer because consumers are less likely to upgrade desktop Macs and PCs every two years like they did back in the s and early s. Now that the pace of desktop system upgrades has slowed down, so too should the rush to ditch former operating systems and hardware. Apple ought to take typical usage and upgrade patterns into account when deciding what OS systems and hardware to relegate to legacy status.
Five year old hardware is indeed fast, depending on what you bought originally.
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Maybe you should try however futile it might or might not be to encourage Apple to consider this as compatibility of older hardware. But as for software maintenance, it all has a life cycle and that is a different topic entirely. Lastly, before I comment on some of the things you write, I want to say: And do you really think Apple sees everything, that they put serious security flaws in on purpose? If not, then how do you expect them to know when to publish this supposed proof?
All software has an EOL whether official or not. It is unreasonable to expect programmers to maintain all software they ever supported because it is impractical to do so as a programmer who cares about quality or even who want to do more than just do programming.
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Yes, that means even software that is free and open source anyone can change it has an end of life. Unless you want them to stop releasing new major versions of the OS then this is how it is. To not make new releases makes zero sense at all levels, though, unless it is going to be a discontinued line of products. Thanks for the article. To be honest. You are dramatizing and exaggerating my friend. I use Leopard and Snow leopard still a lot without a problem.
Never have I been hacked and should it happen one day, oh well. There are so many worse things in life. You might not care about security but others do because others understand the or some of the implications.
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There are so many worse things in life? Yes, perhaps like identity theft of you or even someone you care about? Computer security is relevant to this. Well, you got that off your chest — happy now? Just relax and have a coke and a smile pal. You spend too much of your energy on this issue. And for people are afraid of identity theft.. You completely missed my points. As for this: And what is your response?
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Why does it concern you, what another person does with their time. Move on, brother. Have your coke and smile as you happily enjoy the problem free secure computing you assure us you have. As a programmer I know this rule very well.
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But who cares about me? I can imagine most who are used to Apple would have a lot more problems with BSD but many would probably also have problems with Linux. Why so many refer to a specific Linux distribution as if it is Linux itself is beyond me, but that is probably immaterial. For instance: Why would Apple release a flawed mandatory upgrade?
WiFi problems? Google has a page full of Yosimite problems. The best solution would be for Apple to fix their new OS themselves instead of having the users doing unpaid work for Apple. I agree this is exaggerated. I still enjoy trouble free stable operation on multiple machines running leopard and snow leopard. Not cool, Apple. Not cool. Which Macs are not compatible? If you're not sure which Mac you have and need help to identify it, look it up with EveryMac. This feature makes it easy to lookup any of these Macs by the Model Identifier listed in software select "About This Mac" under the "Apple" menu and click "More Info" , its Serial Number , and a variety of other methods.