Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2018 14:15 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
Mac OS X

When users attempt to launch a 32-bit app in 10.13.4, it will still launch, but it will do so with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated. This follows the same approach that Apple took with iOS, which completed its sunset of 32-bit app support with iOS 11 last fall.

This is good. I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology.

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RE[2]: Comment by bamdad
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 4th Feb 2018 23:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by bamdad"
BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

You have a good point here.

How many peripherals will be orphaned by their manufacturers with no updates to the driver and plus-value software?

For some, like yourself, it makes sense to maintain an older system running to keep using key peripherals. For others, maybe a "virtual machine" might do the trick.

Another possibility would be for manufacturers to open-source the code for the "obsolete" drivers if they are not willing to keep them current with the newer requirements of latest operating systems.

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RE[3]: Comment by bamdad
by bert64 on Mon 5th Feb 2018 08:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bamdad"
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2007-04-23

Having open source drivers for these peripherals is extremely important...

I have several printers and scanners which came with official drivers for windows and macos, these drivers were 32bit and powerpc respectively, they don't work anymore on modern versions. Modern Linux distros however support these devices out of the box, even on 64bit or ARM.

I used to use an Alpha workstation for my desktop and open source drivers for all kinds of hardware which never officially supported the alpha would run just fine.

Nowadays when i buy peripherals i check for open source drivers before i make the purchase, or i look for devices which support open standards and don't need custom drivers (eg postscript when it comes to printers).

I have some old printers which support postscript, either via ethernet to parallel adapters or via their built in 10baseT ethernet controllers. Virtually anything will happily print to these printers despite their age. I can also print to any modern postscript printer using an ancient os if necessary.

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