[quote]Originally posted by thegelding:
<strong>i guess i'm confused (not a first, just ask my kids
)...this is going to be for new systems right? </strong><hr></blockquote>
[quote]<strong>this is not something that will make my older computer not able to boot into 9 like it does now right??? if you have a computer that boots into os 9, it will always be able to boot into os 9...simple,</strong><hr></blockquote>
Again, correct. And you're right, it's simple.
[quote]<strong>so what's the big deal??</strong><hr></blockquote>
That's what I can't figure out.
Apple's not pulling anything 'shady' or 'evil'... they're just not going to update 9, as they've stated for *MONTHS*.
This has nothing to do with making new hardware that 'breaks' 9, it has everything to do with the fact that 9 was written to support *particular* hardware, and we're moving *past* that old hardware. That's it, folks.
Take your pick: endless ability to boot into 9, *OR* hardware improvements.
You can't have both.
Development on 9 has stopped, except for minor tweaks... supporting new motherboard busses (HyperTransport), RAM channels (DDR), and CPUs (rumored IBM chip) requires *SIGNIFICANT* work. These things just aren't going to be rolled into 9. (And running 9 on a 64-bit architecture would require *massive* rewrites of not just the underlying kernel system, but the *entire codebase*, from the bottom System libraries to the Finder, and beyond. It is *not going to happen*.)
If you want the big hardware updates, you're going to have to give up running 9 on that hardware. It's just that simple.
If you want to keep running 9, then by all means *DO SO*, on your current hardware... it isn't like it's suddenly going to stop one day. Cripes.
9 is dead for further development.
Major hardware changes require major development in the OS to support.
You make the logical conclusion. (Oh wait, I already spelled it out...)