On 6/8/17 6:56 pm, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode wrote:
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
At the moment, AFAIK the size of the audience for such a build is
The size of the audience for a Linux PPC build is probably ZERO as I am
not interested in one
(see my recent posting on Lubuntu on a PPC), and, while I am sure there
are thousands of closet
PPC Linux users out there dying because they are deprived of LiveCode .
. . .
This is a redundant discussion.
So clearly if this were to happen at all it would have to be a
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.
Fourth World Systems
Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
use-livecode mailing list
Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your
use-livecode mailing list
Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your subscription