Support for Mac OSX 10.5

Jeff Reynolds jeff at
Tue Feb 25 21:46:38 CET 2014

On 2/25/14, 10:18 AM, Benjamin Beaumont wrote:
> So we'd like to consult the community to gauge whether now is the
> appropriate time to cease our support for Mac OS X 10.5.


you will have a much higher percentage of 10.5 in schools where computers are usually used until they die and with macs that can be a long, long time... Many times school labs dont have full time techs or just an instructor upgrading stuff so if its working dont mess with it comes in and even hardware that can get higher oses will not get them until absolutely forced to. When i ran a high school lab it had over 80 macs spanning 11 years and i think 10 or more models, all humming along. there were three os/mac grades at the time for the 80 odd computers depending on hardware and needs to keep things sort of templated so it was all not totally by the computer.

so use in some school situations could be hamptered, but i expect most of the main stream programming ed programs are probably in newer labs with newer computers and oses. for the cases where just a few kids use it then there will most likely be enough post 10.5s to get by.

but at some point you have to say thats it on the other hand. the compromise sounded good with the 6.6 and then keeping it around for legacy development. and having 7 move forward is good.

jeff reynolds

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