DDRescue-GUI: End Of Support Notice For Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7, 10.8

Hi everyone,

As the title suggests, I am dropping support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion with DDRescue-GUI. These releases are all very old, and haven’t been supported by Apple for some time. This means that no new security bugs are being fixed in these releases, and that they are inherently insecure.

Having said that, I have tried very hard to support these releases, even going as far as to buy snow leopard and produce a 32-bit build to support those with Intel Core Duo machines that are stuck on Snow Leopard. However, I have less free time now than before, and maintaining support for these releases is becoming a time drain for me, and limiting the new features I can add to DDRescue-GUI, when I could be spending time doing more productive things, such as writing more applications for you guys!

What if I’m stuck on an old release?

However, it’s not all bad, because I will continue to keep the downloads for v1.7 up, which is the last version that supports 32-bit Macs, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. I will not fix any bugs for that release after the next one comes out, but you will get at least a few months more support from me on those systems. As a software developer, I feel inclined to tell any of you still using those operating system that you need to upgrade, because you are actively vulnerable to malware and viruses on the internet, just as Windows XP users are, and Windows Vista users will be in April.

That’s all from me for now, but I have a few new posts in the works, including (I hope) a software review, and it should be interesting, to say the least!


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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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