Time to move on

Rosetta is a subject that often evades us since it’s optionally installed on Snow Leopard by apps that really need it. If you’ve recently purchased a Mac or only have purchased apps on the Mac App Store, you’ll never have to install Rosetta to use the most up-to-date applications. But for those still utilizing PowerPC compatible applications, it might be required that you simply don’t upgrade to Lion, or install it on a separate partition so you can continue using Snow Leopard’s provided functionality. via MacStories

I know there will be much hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing for some of us. They will say, “Why is Apple removing Rosetta? I have a lot of applications that won’t run on Lion”.

It’s about time. It’s about time we let go of the past so that the we can make room for the future. It’s time to upgrade and stop using apps that outlived their support contracts.

Apple has been shipping computers with Intel based processors for six years now. I certainly don’t want OS X to become bloated and obsolete just because some application written ten years ago has to be supported. OS X Lion will be an inexpensive ( relatively speaking ) upgrade. It will have features that will allow developers to create more powerful and useful applications than whatever software we may be using now. It’s time to move on.

2 thoughts on “Time to move on”

  1. What’s wrong with keeping the installation of Rosetta optional for the time being?

    I’m one of those users who is going to be greatly affected by the lack of Rosetta support and will not be upgrading until the software I use is updated. These updates are probably not going to be ready when lion is released, and will most likely be expensive.

    A lot of niche software companies simply do not have the money to do an upgrade like that in such a short amount of time. Also, I don’t like the fact that I have to be so reliant on the app store for my software. I don’t want my laptop turning into a locked down iphone or ipad. 

    • Lila, there is nothing “wrong with keeping the installation of Rosetta optional”. That’s what Snow Leopard did. It was only installed as needed when an app needed it. But the time has come to move on. We will always be stuck with those who refuse to upgrade their software of have some favorite app that just “must be supported”. That just keeps us all stuck in the past.

      And if you favorite software is not updated? That’s the fault of your software vendor. Blame them. Not Apple.

      And please point to some evidence to support your assertion that the App Store will lock down your laptop. Let’s talks facts, not speculation and fiction.

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