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by Chuck — Jan 06
Overall the Mac dev community's attitude seems to be turning towards "if you can't afford the New Stuff all the time, you shouldn't be on the Mac anyway"... I recall the Mac community used to be much less consumerist before Apple rediscovered its massive hubris through iPod/iTunes. Maybe it's just nostalgia.

Eh, we're talking about company that arrogantly rejected disk drives and forced people to start using USB peripherals way before anybody else jumped on that bandwagon.

The premature adoption of any tech can cost heaps, especially when you are ahead of the actual sales curve of that tech. It's all very well being on the cutting edge, but every now and then you bleed. Any OpenDoc, QuickDraw GX or OpenTalk developers/survivors around here still?

Those are technologies that died due to lack of developer support precisely the fate you seem to be advocating for Leopard here. It's not as though a ton of people rushed out and made OpenDoc apps, but the users refused to get the technology.

Anyway, I don't think backwards compatibility should necessarily be thrown out, but it seems to me that people who are going to buy shareware and keep it up to date are not the sort of people who will generally balk at $100 for a major OS upgrade every few years.
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