Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Nov 2010 13:10 UTC
Apple It's the end of the line for Apple's line of servers, the Xserve. The Cupertino giant has just announced that the Xserve line (no more future models, either) will no longer be sold after January 31, 2011, and advises people interested in Mac OS X Server to buy either a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server installed.
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Doesn't deprecation mean 'marked for removal'?
That is to say "stop using this because we'll be removing it".

Yes, but it doesn't mean it will be removed the moment it is marked deprecated. Carbon has been pretty much informally deprecated for quite some time and yet it hangs around in Mac OS X without too many problems. The question, however, still stands for Thom to demonstrate Apple suddenly removing/deprecating something without warning - what are they supposed to do? do a pre-deprecating before deprecating? ooh! thats too quick, lets to a pre-deprecating before pre-deprecating before deprecating! see how stupid his proposition sounds when taken to the logical extreme?

The case of Java, Apple has been slowly deprecating it, first with the Cocoa bindings and informally with features such as garbage collection being added to Objective-C/C++/etc. When Apple does mark the likes of deprecated it doesn't say anything about the future - it might not be included with Lion but no one knows whether Oracle is going to pick it up due to an arrangement with Apple. Same can be said about the the XServe, just because they've announced an EOL where is the evidence to show that they'll cease supporting it in the next release of Mac OS X?

There seems to be a heck of a lot of speculation by people claiming that apparently they know what Apple has in store - I don't claim I know the answers hence I guess but continuously state that only Apple knows what Apple is going to do.

Edited 2010-11-06 06:00 UTC

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