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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Thinking about Apple's Rosetta Stone

One of the big unknowns of the Apple Switch (no, not that one) that not many people are talking about right now is Rosetta, the translation software that Intel-based Macs will use to run legacy PPC binaries. When Mac users make The Switch sometime next year, they'll probably be forced to do something that has historically yielded disappointment and frustration for users: run some software in translation. Can Rosetta reallly deliver the goods this time? The main reason that Rosetta hasn't garnered much attention is that there are too many unknowns. Specifically, prior to the release of the first Intel-based Mac it's difficult to assess just what kind of performance Rosetta will yield on the majority of legacy OS X software. Will most legacy PPC apps be usable? mostly usable? barely usable? Notice that I didn't give an option for "screamin' fast," because that isn't going to happen.

we'll see in due time, my mac friends.

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