<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Howsabout some more RAM, drjohn?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Send it and I'll install it. <br><br>I think about more RAM occasionally, but mostly what I use the laptop for doesn't challenge it much. <br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br>
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>When was the last PPC? 2004? 2005?<p><hr></blockquote><p> ????? They discontinued the Mini and laptops, G4's, and the G5 towers just a year ago, 2006. I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only. That would make a lot of only 2.5 to 3 year old machines out of the loop and a lot of mad people.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Apple has historically supported all machines with a new OS for around 4-5 years, sometimes a little longer. My MDD 867 just made the cut, it was discontinued 4.5 years ago. The 733 Quicksilver isn't supported but the faster ones are, those are just over 5 years since they discontinued them. The previous G4 models are 6 years or more, not supported. System 9 and OS X were pretty much the same timeline. <br><br>Of course things can change, but the cycle is what they have done in the past. If you figure another 1.5 years for 10.6, plus the year and a month since the G5's and G4's I mentioned were discontinued, you're looking at only about 2.5 years, 3 if they make it another 2 year cycle on the OS. I doubt they'd drop support for hardware that quickly.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only<p><hr></blockquote><p>Now that is something you can take to the bank! <br><br>I think you make a good point that they tend to support for a good five years out, but I think this is going to be a bit different for a couple reasons. Maintaining support for old, slower PPCs, while building a new OS for newer, faster PPCs is a whole lot easier (and far cheaper) than creating a new OS that must work flawlessly on two, completely different chipsets (Intel and PPC). A better comparison than looking at past cycles involving G3 to G4 to G5 might be to look at their length of OS support for 68K after the PPC transition.<br><br>Its way too early to even worry about, but they will drop support for a model when it becomes too much of a liability, either financially or development-wise. One thing we all know about Apple development is they are pretty quick to cut their losses and move on when technology changes.<br><br>
Quadras from 1991 could run system 8.1, 1998. 8.5 came out in Oct '98, it was the first PPC only. 7 year cycle. OS 9 was about the same. 10.0 cut the cycle to about 5 years.<br><br>Oh hell, I just got "I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only". Dumbassİ <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
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