Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:51 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple has now released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the eighth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 in late March."
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Apple have had a pretty consistent policy for a long time of issuing "minor" updates to the current release, and security updates only for the previous release. It's quite possible (likely?) that 10.6.8 will be the final minor update for 10.6 under this model, and this will be the final security update for Leopard. After this, PPC users are totally screwed.

IMHO the last PPC Mac shipped around 6 years ago - personally I think that is pretty damn good in my books; at some point one has to throw in the towel and say, "yeap, I've gotten good mileage out of the machine".

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

No, I don't support that from a consumer's perspective. You should use a system until its no longer able to do the tasks you require of it. As time progresses there are new tasks that arise that require more computational power (video editing, parallel processing expiraments, virtual machines) which cause machines to be obsoleted. But this is different than just turning to a box and saying " You're old I'm not using you any more because of your age." . I mean people do that, but its a waste of money, IMHO. Now in the past the necessary upgrade cycles were much shorter, but recently we've hit a plateau where we can keep machines much longer. My desktop upgrade cycle (from 1991 in years between upgrades 4,3,3,8.

Now, from a OS developer's perspective sometimes there are things that are beneficial that necessitate raising the hardware requirements. Sometimes its bloat, sometimes its Good stuff, sometimes its cost of development. I don't blame apple for not wanting to continue to support a six year old processor architecture which doesn't gain them much in revenues any longer.

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MOS6510 Member since:

You can keep on using your Mac, even without (security) updates.

There aren't many attacks on OS X, let alone on a minority of Mac owners using an OS version and architecture that will be pretty rare.

Just my theory of course. But I do wonder if you put a Windows NT 3.51 server on-line (for example), will it get hacked by scripts scanning the net for vulnerable systems?

It's not a likely target you'd come across, nor would you expect it to have any important data/services on it.

So I doubt any hackers or script kiddies would look for those.

I still have a G3 iMac somewhere running Panther (OS X 10.3) and I use it as a SSH terminal, some light surfing, mail and chat.

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malxau Member since:

IMHO the last PPC Mac shipped around 6 years ago - personally I think that is pretty damn good in my books; at some point one has to throw in the towel and say, "yeap, I've gotten good mileage out of the machine".

Personally I bought an iMac G5 right at the end of the PPC iMac's life. I don't feel like I got good mileage from the machine; actually it feels terrible. Almost overnight the platform became neglected. Leopard was frustratingly slow on it, many app developers shunned it quickly, and apps tended to depend on the CPU performance of Intel so even apps that "ran" didn't work well.

I bought a PC six months earlier, and I'm still using it. I even upgraded it to Win7, and it's working fine. The G5 is gathering dust.

I know, I shouldn't expect so much from Apple. But, particularly since the machine was expensive (Apple tax + integrated monitor etc made it the most expensive computer I've ever bought), it definitely left a sour taste and makes me think twice before getting Apple gear again.

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kaiwai Member since:

Mate, I've said this numerous times - you're comparing apples to oranges; you're comparing one side of the industry with a constant ISA/architecture to Apple that has moved from PowerPC to Intel. If Apple were using Intel all this time but artificially blocked off all machines from 5 years ago from using Mac OS X then your point would stand but that simply isn't the situation as it stands today.

There are less and less PowerPC computers out there and to be completely honest if you've gotten 5-6 years out of a computer I think you're doing pretty damn good in my books. I would be saying this even if I owned a PC, I've gone from an eMac to an iMac/iBook to a MacBook to a MacBook Pro/iMac - I find it funny that people scream and wail with pain when it comes to computer upgrades but don't batter and eye lid when it comes to upgrading their car, television or some other piece of equipment of equal or greater value within the same 5-6 year time frame.

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