[sword-devel] Future MacSword
greg.hellings at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 14:02:56 MST 2008
On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 3:57 PM, DM Smith <dmsmith555 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Manfred Bergmann wrote:
> > it would be a Leopard only
> > application.
> > IIRC the majority of users that had questions about MacSword actually
> > were using Leopard.
> We have thought about which OSes we should support for BibleDesktop. The
> conclusion was to support at least the current and the previous and to
> not actively support earlier versions. We also concluded that we would
> not knowingly prevent earlier platforms from running the latest release
> without great gain.
> The way this came about is that we upgraded to Java 5. This was over a
> year after Tiger had been released. I had just gotten a Mac Mini with
> Tiger and was un-aware that Java 5 would never be ported to Panther.
> Within the next few weeks we got reports that it wouldn't run on
> Panther. We then downgraded back to Java 1.4.2.
> Our target users include missionaries, pastors, churches, ... with old,
> hand-me-down laptops.
> At the time, BD was not close to being feature complete and had some
> nagging bugs. For support reasons, it was not the appropriate time to
> make such a change. I didn't want to be suggesting that a user had to
> pay money (for an OS upgrade) to use our software.
> Once we are reasonably feature complete and relatively bug free, we plan
> to do a major development shift to using WebKit (or its equivalent on
> other platforms). This may prevent us from running on older OSes.
WebKit is currently operative on any system with Qt support, GTK
support, Windows, Mac and a few others (I believe there is a port to
ARM) including a relatively basic port even to wxWidets as well. I
doubt there's many places it won't run happily?
> If you were to announce a MacSword upgrade, I think that many would want
> to get the upgrade. Especially since your beta is so much better than 1.2.x.
> All this is to recommend that Leopard is very recent and Tiger shouldn't
> be abandoned just yet.
> -- DM
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