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MacOS Users - MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) & Wine

11 September 2019 - 12:53 AM

For those Mac Users running RootMagic, or any other Windows software, under 'Wine', i.e. a native Wine installation, Crossover, PlayOnMac, Wineskin etc.; for the latest developments on a solution for Apple's decision not to support (block) any 32-bit software running on it's next, 'Catalina'/MacOS 10.15, and future OS updates, please see this Codeweavers Blog post:

https://www.codeweav... ... dium=email

Codeweavers, the developers of Crossover, have the lead on developing the solution in partnership with the Wine Team, so other front end providers are dependent on their progress and the general advice is that if running Windows software under Wine is important/vital to you, then don't upgrade to Catalina/MacOS 10.5, which is now expected to be released in October, until a solution has been announced. Mac Crossover subscribers, it seems, will get a 3 month extension to their current subscription in recognition of the fact that the current version of their software will not be functional on Catalina, which could be an indicator of how much longer they expect it may take to get to a final release version of a working solution.

Unix Users of Wine/Crossover are not affected by this issue as, whilst some of the major developers have said that they will only be be releasing future OS upgrades as 64-bit, unlike Apple, they will not be removing the ability of their 64-bit OS releases to continue to run 32-bit code/software.


P.S. My understanding is that all Windows software running under Wine is/will be affected by this issue as even if '64-bit only' Windows applications usually contain some 32-bit code, e.g. the vast majority of Windows software make use of 32-bit installers to detect the capabilities of the Operating system and to set up the application correctly.


P.P.S. Personally, I have run RootsMagic on MacOS under Wine for more than 3 years and have never experienced any significant problems, but I don't rely on someone else's creation of Wine.apps.


Lock the 'Wish List' to further entries until after the release of RM8

13 June 2019 - 07:43 AM

I love a little bit of controversy so, as the subject indicates:


- I see little point in users endlessly adding to the current 'Wish List' items when no-one other than designers/testers, who are obviously sworn to secrecy under threat of plague, pestilence and disembowelment, know what new/improved features have already been incorporated in the re-design/re-write of RM8.


- All the wishes in the world will not change the feature set/functionalities already available in RM7, unless RM8 is delayed indefinitely and programming resources are redirected.


- The design/feature set for the initial release of RM8 is almost certainly already set in tablets of stone.  If that is not accurate then, in my opinion, users are unlikely to see RM8 arrive this side of Christmas/New Year - and I won't say which year!.


- I would further suggest that a completely 'new' User Wish List Topic Area should be created once RM8 is released. I would further suggest that for any Wish List to be effective, it needs be actively; and more openly, managed by the RM Development Team to avoid endless duplication.  It is absolutely  pointless for users to constantly make requests/suggestions only for the Development Team to provide zero response/feedback as a follow-up to the confirmation of inclusion on an invisible and secret request list.


- Users really need to see what changes are made over time in response to suggestions/requests; and also deserve to know why some often repeated requests for improvement have not been met.  I don't buy in to any argument that a maintained List should be in any way confidential, when it is built around open user requests/suggestions/feedback.  Any competent software competitor could easily monitor the public reporting channels and analyse what users are reporting as not meeting their needs; or simply obtain a copy of the software and probe its strengths and weaknesses.


I will now stand back and wait to be shot down in flames.