Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

We generally support a particular version of an OS for about 5 years. Mac OS X 10.4 is more than 6 years old now. Apple no longer updates 10.4 even for security issues and most of the sites that report version statistics indicate that usage of 10.4 is at about 5% to 10%. The longer we support older versions of any operating system, the fewer resources we have to support the newer, more modern releases.


With that in mind, Real Studio 2011 R4, due in November, will be the last release to officially support Mac OS X 10.4. We wanted to make sure you knew this ahead of time so you could plan accordingly. 

7 comments:

Martin said...

Mac OS 10.4 was initially released more than 6 years ago but it was shipped until october 2007. Computers that are less than 4 years old still run mac os 10.4.

So, even if it's an old mac os version, you cannot say it's more than 6 years old. For system software, I think it's the last shipping date that make sense.

Geoff Perlman said...

Well, since Apple no longer provides support for Tiger, I think it's a good time or us to end support as well. We would love to be able to support older versions of any OS but we have to prioritize our resources. That's ultimately what it builds down to.

Martin said...

:-) This was not a request for kepping Tiger support. It was just a comment on your " Mac OS X 10.4 is more than 6 years old now"

Steveorevo said...

Please don't forget to compile support for MySQLCommunityPlugin in R4 as it has been broken for sometime :(

Geoff Perlman said...

@ Steveoreveo - Could you elaborate? What problems are you having with it?

Bill Reynolds said...

Hi Geoff, the MySQLCommunityPlugin still needs updating to 64-bit does it not?

Geoff Perlman said...

@ Bill - As much as the rest of the framework does, yes. But there's little point in having a 64 bit MySQL plugin if the rest of the framework and compiler are not already updated to support 64 bit.