Roger Eller wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> Using a supported version of an OS that's receiving critical security
>> patches along with other updates is the safest choice, and one that
>> could not be more economical given a purchase price for most Linux
>> distros of zero.
> But even with PPC Linux to revive old hardware, if LiveCode usage is
> your end game, there isn't a PPC Linux version (or is there?).

Good point, touching on two aspects:

Security: Not only do OSes need to be updated to remain secure, but from time to time apps do too.

Viability: When a user base for a given configuration is sufficiently low, it may be difficult to find resources to maintain it.

IIRC no computer running an OS LC supports has shipped with a PPC processor in about 12 years (Apple switched in 2005). While I'm a big fan of minimizing landfills by extending the life of older hardware as much as practical, that's the key word, "practical".

If LC plays a critical role on a PPC machine revived with a supported OS, it will require that someone compile a version of LC for that CPU and OS.

At the moment, AFAIK the size of the audience for such a build is currently 1.

So clearly if this were to happen at all it would have to be a community project.

Given the time required, it may be more cost-effective to either replace the machines with any Intel-based system that can support modern OSes (here in the States many EDU orgs get donated Core Duo and Core 2 Duo machines from local businesses who've upgraded), or replace the LiveCode role on those machines with something that supports PPC.

With the latter option, though, it may buy only a little time but not much: since no new mainstream computers have been made with PPC CPUs in more than a decade, it's only a matter of time before more and more projects stop supporting that architecture. Over time the range of supported software for PPC can only get ever smaller.

 Richard Gaskin
 Fourth World Systems
 Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web

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