A salesforce.com colleague asked me last month if we could talk about something by video iChat; I replied that my current Mac was still my 12" G4/867 PowerBook, and I therefore did not have a camera immediately at hand. "A classic machine," he said approvingly, and I agreed — I like the compact size and excellent keyboard. I added that I recognized the strengths of the newer Intel-CPU MacBook Pro systems, but that I saw no rush to upgrade before I could get one this month with the Unix and Xcode goodies of Leopard pre-installed.
Now, I’m wondering when the newborn Leopard will have its eyes fully open to developer needs. Issues of LAMP stack support and, in particular, Java 6 non-support are glowing white-hot on developers’ thermal imagers, even while some extol Leopard’s many developer-oriented benefits.
I’ve owned and used Macs of various sorts since 1985, side-by-side with DOS and Win3.x/9x and OS/2 and NT4 and Win2K/XP machines: I’m not religious about whether I do any given task on any particular system. There are tasks that I find easier to do with tools that I happen to have on my PowerBook, just as there some applications that I only have installed on a 1 GHz Win2K Vaio with only 256 MB RAM — making it actually preferable to far more powerful machines for solving certain problems.
Is this an actual problem, or just the typical lag between an OS X update and Java support to match? Do you care? And if so, how will you respond?