10.8+ Is there a real reason?

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Avatar ssteinerX 1 post

I ask because 10.8 was the first release that required a true 64-bit EFI which many machines don’t have (my MacPro MacPro1,1 for example). Even though there are machines made in the same time frame that will support 10.8, mine won’t and never will.

I think using an older machine for things like eBay is a perfect use since they’re stuck with 10.7.5 and cannot be upgraded.

Is there something that happened in the latest release that absolutely requires 10.8? It seems many projects just up the requirements without any particular reason to do so, and it leaves lots of perfectly lovely utitlty-grade machines stranded.

Is there something that requires 10.8, or could it possibly still support 10.7.5?



P.S. I’m a Mac and IOS developer, so I could help sort out the technical details though I’m not a Java programmer by any means.


Avatar Morgan Schweers Administrator 1,204 post(s)

I wrote a post on the reasons why which might help some.

I don’t like leaving older systems behind either, but the combination of upcoming security issues and the Apple/Oracle transition of who owns Mac Java have really made it hard to do anything but a clean break.

In this case, I’m fairly sure that the upgrade to 10.8 as a minimum requirement is pretty well-founded.

— Morgan

Avatar Dave Howell 15 post(s)


Dang it. JBW 2.5.6 just failed to log in, so I came looking for an update. Alas, looks like I can no longer use my Mac Cube as my JBidWatcher always-on computer, seeing as how it’s running 10.4.


Avatar zappram 290 post(s)

I have a setup that rarely fail, always can win for me if I set the sniping amount high enough (realistically enough).

Works on OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, I think it should work with 10.8 which is what I might try later.

JBidwatcher (2.5.3pre3-2-g03a9bc3)

I keep this setup as I don’t want to deal with all the issues with new version of JBW combined with Java and OS X. I do have other machines that runs more on current software so as a sniping server, it’s working well for me always.

Hope that helps.