[sword-devel] Future MacSword
dtrotzjr at crosswire.org
Tue Mar 11 16:25:37 MST 2008
DM Smith wrote:
> 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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