[vtkusers] RFC: removing Mac OS X 10.6 support in VTK

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 14:53:41 EDT 2016

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM, Sean McBride <sean at rogue-research.com>

> Hi all,
> Does anybody care about Mac OS X 10.6 support anymore?
> There are no longer any dashboards testing it automatically, and there are
> some burdensome workarounds in the codebase to support it.
> Anyone object to its removal?, as per this patch:
> <https://gitlab.kitware.com/vtk/vtk/merge_requests/1798>
> (Apple no longer even releases security updates for 10.6, so using it is a
> bad idea in general.)

Yeah, Apple dropped support for it about 5 years ago... we upgraded our
last 10.6 machine around a year ago, and have been using a deployment
target of 10.7 since then.

I mentioned it in the MR, but I'll mention it again here: a reason why
people might not want to upgrade a Mac past 10.6 is that PowerPC apps will
not run on later versions of OS X.  It was awesome to be able to run old
PowerPC apps on an Intel Mac, I had a nice little viewer that I had to
retire when I upgraded.

 - David
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