Originally posted by GregAlexander
Sorry, no idea how that addresses what I said. For instance, how do 10.3.x updates address giving users access to apps requiring core-video, or standardise support and security updates across 10.1/10.2/10.3/10.4?
i believe, if i may be so bold, he was simply replying to your comment which seemed to focus on compatibility with CURRENT apps as being a critical feature. therefore, the latest issue of panther should satisfy those needs if they are foremost on your checklist, and until new hardware actually starts shipping with tiger by default, the consumer does assume a little bit of responsibility right now to know ahead of time whether somethign will seriously break... or not be surprised if it does.
so, for instance, there are no apps right now requiring core video or spotlight, etc. and if you want new apps that do, you'll be signing on for the upgrade to tiger. also, as we have seen over the past year or so, apple has been issuing security updates outside the ".x.y" releases for everyone's safety. well, except those still clinging to os X.0 or X.1, but honestly, i think there ae fewer users of those updates than classic these days.
personally, i'd hate to see apple try to split up their os offerings into the seventeen-headed monstrosity that windows keeps doing to increase their profits (of course, ms also doesn't do it to maintain compatibility... it's more of just a trick to get you to spend something... ANYthing... on another windows upgrade).
i will be interested to see if classic can still be run under tiger. one would assume that, if it's running now, there'd be no reason to break it. certainly finding a classic install cd is becoming almost impossible to find these days, and apple would rather it fade like a bad dream or a broken relationship, and i wouldn't be surprised if they give tiger a classic-ectomy.