Linked by moondevil on Wed 11th Jul 2012 22:49 UTC
Mac OS X Ars Technica is reporting that certain 64bit Mac models won't be able to run Mountain Lion. The problem is the graphic card drivers; these are still 32bit, and Apple is unwilling to update them to 64bit. A 64bit kernel can't load 32bit drivers, so that's that. Apple has a list of supported models on their Mountain Lion upgrade page, so you can easily check if your computer is capable of running Mountain Lion.
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RE: No biggie
by fithisux on Thu 12th Jul 2012 15:40 UTC in reply to "No biggie"
fithisux
Member since:
2006-01-22

That is why Apple should have allowed more participation from the community. Older macs could be used with Gnu-Darwin, Pure Darwin or some other Unixoid combination of GNU/BSD userland and Apple's kernel instead of render them useless. With open source drivers at least they could have used them without 3D acceleration. A VESA framebuffer or a user supported 2d accelerated driver can do a lot of stuff (developoment,simulations and even browsing and document writing). But if they have implemented a proper UEFI, at least they could have used a generic GOP driver.

But user contributed XNU unixoids are doomed without Apple's help. Puredarwin could be a place to start.

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RE[2]: No biggie
by lucas_maximus on Thu 12th Jul 2012 17:29 in reply to "RE: No biggie"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Apple make money on the hardware not the OS. There is zero motivation for them to do this.

Edited 2012-07-12 17:35 UTC

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RE[3]: No biggie
by tylerdurden on Thu 12th Jul 2012 17:57 in reply to "RE[2]: No biggie"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

2 words: App Store

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RE[2]: No biggie
by zima on Mon 16th Jul 2012 01:45 in reply to "RE: No biggie"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

That is why Apple should have allowed more participation from the community. Older macs could be used with Gnu-Darwin, Pure Darwin or some other Unixoid combination of GNU/BSD userland and Apple's kernel instead of render them useless. [...]
But user contributed XNU unixoids are doomed without Apple's help. Puredarwin could be a place to start.

OpenDarwin (of which Pure Darwin is an offshot) had some backing from Apple. Thing is, uptake by the community was nil, there is no interest.

Once you throw out OS X userland, there's nothing particularly compelling about what's left - if you're going to use more typical *nix userlands, GUIs, you might as well just use some BSD or Linux.

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