[sword-devel] Future MacSword
dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 11 15:50:31 MST 2008
I think this is a great plan.
On Mar 11, 2008, at 5:46 PM, Manfred Bergmann wrote:
> Hi DM.
> Mac Users should be used to that all of a sudden some software support
> is just canceled.
> Just kidding. :)
> But still, I think they are used to such things more than Windows or
> Linux or even Java users.
> Apple sometimes is very restrictive and makes hard cuts themselfes.
> But you are right, having support for the last two major OS releases
> would be good.
> Maybe we can have it like this:
> - MacSword 1.2.1 for Jaguar, Pather, Sword 1.5.8
> This version will not be changed any longer.
> - MacSword 1.3.x for Pather, Tiger, Leopard, Sword 1.5.10
> Critical bugs will be fixed.
> Creating a bundle with default modules.
> - MacSword 1.4 for Tiger, Leopard, Sword 1.5.10 and above
> Backport of Sword backend changes from Eloquent to MacSword.
> Integration of Module Installer.
> This would imply though that Module Installer would need to have the
> Objective-C 2.0 stuff removed.
> But after looking into Objective-C 2.0 I think it does not have so
> many enhancements that it justifies abandoning Tiger users.
> I think I will look into doing that.
> Am 11.03.2008 um 21:57 schrieb DM Smith:
>> Manfred Bergmann wrote:
>>> it would be a Leopard only
>>> IIRC the majority of users that had questions about MacSword
>>> were using Leopard.
>> We have thought about which OSes we should support for BibleDesktop.
>> conclusion was to support at least the current and the previous and
>> not actively support earlier versions. We also concluded that we
>> not knowingly prevent earlier platforms from running the latest
>> 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
>> 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
>> to do a major development shift to using WebKit (or its equivalent on
>> other platforms). This may prevent us from running on older OSes.
>> If you were to announce a MacSword upgrade, I think that many would
>> 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
>> be abandoned just yet.
>> -- DM
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