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Re: macOS support

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: macOS support
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:14:49 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> Generally speaking Emacs and other GNU projects shouldn't bother supporting
> platforms that are no longer supported by their original issuers.

While I agree with this, by and large, there can be good reasons not to
follow this rule when we disagree with the issuers.

> For example, starting in 2014 we no longer needed to bother to support
> IRIX, because SGI no longer supported IRIX.

This a good example: I think SGI made a pretty good effort of supporting
IRIX for as long as it could make sense, so I'm fine with dropping IRIX
support at the same time as SGI.

> As I understand it, Apple itself supports only the last three or four macOS
> versions.

Note that the issue is not really software support but hardware support:
Apple is pretty aggressive about dropping support for old hardware in
its newer OSes.  They could make OSX 10.11 work on my old macmini but
decided it would be counterproductive for their business.


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