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Apple isn't going to actively *prevent* anything
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 01, '02 08:15:09PM
I'm getting fairly tired by the folks claiming that Apple is going to gout on a limb to not support Mac OS 9 in a future version of the hardware. As the hardware evolves, it becomes more and more expensive to port OS9 forward to support it. That is, Apple has to actively work and has to invest a boatload of money in making OS9 work on the new hardware. OS9 has its merits, but good separation between hardware and software above the kernel ain't one of 'em. Furthermore, OS9 can't take advantage of a number of the performance related features found on modern mac hardware. Example: a dual proc machine is basically pointless for OS9 except for a handful of PhotoShop plugins and some of the video production stuff. More information here...

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Apple isn't going to actively *prevent* anything
Authored by: Sven G on Sep 02, '02 02:44:09AM

... Maybe not actively - but certainly "passively", à la Steve-O's "reality distortion field", if one can say soo... ;-)

That said, for me it's prefectly OK that they won't support booting from Mac OS 9 in new machines from next year: indeed, Classic on a disk image might be the default OS 9 configuration in the future (more similar to a "virtual environment", that is)...



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