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In Topic: Dark theme for RM

25 March 2020 - 10:56 AM

Let's have an end to the myOS is better than yourOS 'arguments' as they are totally pointless.


I have been a MacOS user for more than 10 years, but have also regularly used Windows for over 25 years (and previously CP/M, Unix and MSDOS), plus several versions of LINUX.  To my mind there is no doubt that MacOS has some advantages over Windows and vice versa, i.e. I am far from being a 'fanboy' of either system and don't believe either OS is perfect, but can't understand why some positive features in either system haven't been replicated in the other.  Plus, both Apple and Microsoft have both made some disastrous decisions in the past and will, no doubt, continue to make similar mistakes in the future.  LINUX is pretty much unrivalled in the server market with the entire Internet, Microsoft and Apple and virtually every major organisation being dependent on LINUX Servers but, in my opinion, it will never rival Windows or MacOS on the Desktop because there is no such thing as a single LINUX Operating System. - The Linux User has to choose between literally hundreds of individual Distributions; and after that has to then consider at least a dozen different Desktop Environments before they get around to selecting which software to install.  Free(dom) of choice in both OS and software is a great concept for individual users, but disastrous for organisations that need consistency.


Developing software such as RM8 is, I'm sure, similarly fraught with issues, especially if you need to implement interface changes for new features (many of which users have demanded) and/or you decide to implement native operability across multiple operating systems; and develop an interface that can readily adapt to a running on a wide range of display systems from small screen laptops though to large screen/multi-monitor setups.  The design and functionality also needs to be attractive to new users, as well as satisfying existing users who may be discouraged if they feel the 'new' software is so different that they need to spend a vast amount of time learning how do things that they could previously do easily. - Think about the reaction to Windows 8 (without the traditional menu) combined with the introduction of software menu systems that were far better designed for tablet/touchscreen computers than they ever were for traditional laptops/desktops.  In addition, what would be the point of (re-)designing something that, on the surface, looks identical to what already exists or looks exactly the same as a competitor product?


I think you can guarantee one set of results when RM8 (or any other competitor product) is eventually released:


1. Some people will immediately love the new style.

2. Some people will immediately hate the new style.

3. Most users will probably give it a chance, providing it delivers clear improvements in what the software is expected to deliver, i.e. a reliable and effective way to record, analyse and report Family History research.

4. Some users will choose to stay with their existing software ( for an indefinite period), or move to another product.

5. Some new users will be attracted by a 'fresh' release and design and want to give it a chance.

6. If the expected/hoped for improvements aren't readily apparent to users the product will slowly die. - Think Word Perfect, Lotus 123 & DBase III if you're old enough to know what they were and how they dominated the market even at an eye-watering cost.



In Topic: RootsMagic in a virtual machine

19 March 2020 - 09:06 AM



Linux Mint is derived (forked) from Ubuntu (which in turn was a fork of Debian) and primarily uses the Ubuntu repositories for software downloads and updates, so you should experience no particular problems.


My (current) preference(s) are Manjaro Linux (forked from Arch Linux), or OpenSuse, but its difficult to explain why, other than I seem to understand their Command Line structures better, e..g. Never got my head around 'apt-get' in Debian and its derivatives and always seem to forget the precise usage.



In Topic: RootsMagic in a virtual machine

13 March 2020 - 09:32 AM



Not sure what 'flavour' of Linux you are considering using but, before going the route of virtualisation & Windows Licences, I would suggest you first try installing WINE in Linux which is much more straightforward (and far quicker) than installing and setting up a Virtual Machine.  Then it's a a straightforward process, these days, to install RootsMagic 7, as well as most Windows software that doesn't need the .NET Framework or have complex software dependencies.  After installing WINE from your Linux Distro's Software Repository and downloading a copy of the RootsMagic software, just double-click on the RootsMagic installer file exactly as you would in Windows and in 2/3minutes you should have a working setup. In my experience, most installation problems with WINE apps on Linux arise where there are program dependencies that the Windows installer itself doesn't automatically deal with, but most of these can be resolved with a a bit of 'detective' work.  Some widows software is of course incompatible with WINE, but again that's often down to the software developer having implemented some form of licensing/runtime 'protection' that prevents the software from running and/or makes 'strange' use of the Windows Registry. 


I've tested the RootMagic installation process experimentally in Linux Mint, Manjaro Linux and OpenSUSE (Virtual Machines on a MacBook Pro)) and didn't experience any problems.  However,, using a Virtual Machine approach you will need to set up shared folders, copy and paste etc.; and also get network shares working fully, between the Host Linux system and the Windows Virtual Machine, which itself will look for you to set aside around 40Gb of Hard Disk space if you choose to install Windows 10. And, of course, you will still need to deal with both Windows Updates and updates of the Virtualisation Software.

In Topic: Rootsmagic crossover 64 bit version

20 December 2019 - 10:57 AM

There seems to be some miss-understanding here.  GMP Developers are actually providing a fully 64-bit native MacOS version of their software, but MacOS will block normal installation because the developers are not recognised by Apple (i.e. similar to Windows UAC protection).  The reason is that the developers are 'not trusted' by Apple,  i.e. they are not Apple Certified as Authorised Developers and/or haven't paid for the required certification for this software.


The command they have posted has to be input by a System Administrator and 'chmod +x' is simply a UNIX (Linux) command line command which means install for all users, i.e. By using that command, the user is by-passing normal MacOS security measures and the 'user' is, in effect, stating that they trust the software source despite Apple's warning; and is taking full responsibility for installing the software; and for any 'problems' resulting from installing and/or running the software, e.g. if MacOS crashes or other problems/software conflicts arise following the installation of any untrusted software then don't expect any support from Apple with resolving the problem!

In Topic: First RM8 Blog Entry

09 October 2019 - 06:00 AM

Good post/email on no RM7 64 bit for catalina but only for osterich users unaware of this well know change.




I'm not sure that's accurate.  See - the variety of User Comments and experiences at the bottom of this post - http://osxdaily.com/...-now-available/


Personally, I see no difference between the approach of Apple and Microsoft to implementing change.  it's just down to individual user experience, preferences; and to some extent the available the cash to invest in IT hardware and software.  Users generally want continuous improvement, but tend to loath any change that requires them to work/think any differently.  Even more so if there is a real or perceived financial cost.  Not so long ago both MacOS and Windows Upgrades to the next version required an immediate financial investment. Those upgrades are currently 'free' to existing users but does anyone express any appreciation?