OSX i386/x86 and x86_64 - time to switch supported platforms?
malcolm.wallace at me.com
Tue Feb 1 13:30:25 CET 2011
MacOS 10.5 is still largely 32-bit. MacOS 10.6 is largely 64-bit. Both are capable of compiling and running for the alternative word-size choice, fairly transparently. 10.6 was released August 2009, but there are likely plenty of people still running 10.5.
On 01 Feb, 2011,at 12:10 PM, John Meacham <john at repetae.net> wrote:
Even though the hardware is x86_64, I thought the vast majority of
macs used a 32 bit build of OSX and 32 bit programs?
On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 3:38 AM, Max Cantor <mxcantor at gmail.com> wrote:
> The last 32-bit, Intel Mac was the Mac Mini, discontinued in August 2007. The bulk of them were discontinued in 2006, along with PowerPC Macs. Does it make sense to relegate OSX x86_64 to community status while the 32-bit version is considered a supported platform?
> Given that I'm far from experienced enough to be able to contribute meaningfully to GHC, I'm not complaining about anyone's efforts, just that those efforts might be a bit misallocated. I'd venture a guess that far more people are interested in running 64-bit GHC on OSX than in running GHC on what is now fairly antiquated hardware.
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