Snow Leopard, Windows 7 Upgrade Problems

Quicken 2006 doesn’t run under Windows 7 and there will not be a Mac version until 2010.

I can’t get Hugs or Mercurial running under Snow Leopard due to architecture incompatibilities (32- vs 64-bit) in various support libraries. It’s frustrating wasting so much time downloading, building, tracking dependencies, etc. Especially since these are both essentially optional tools, and not directly related to the bottom line.

Update: According to Ports wiki :

An installation of MacPorts and the ports installed by it are only designed to work on a single OS release and a single CPU architecture. If you upgrade to a new OS version (e.g. from Leopard to Snow Leopard) or migrate to a new machine with a different type of CPU (e.g. PowerPC to Intel), you may get lucky and have your ports keep working, but in general, things will break.

And the solution is “reinstall all your ports”. Argh.

7 thoughts on “Snow Leopard, Windows 7 Upgrade Problems

  1. Is the mercurial problem with some external dylib used by python? Is it solved by making sure python is using the 32bit version? Do the extensions need the -arch flag trimming?

    To set python as 32bit you can use ..

    defaults write Prefer-32-Bit -bool yes

  2. While there may not be a MAC version of Quicken, there are many alternatives available. Considering the experiences I’ve had with Windows over the years (starting with 3.0), I couldn’t recommend it to anyone. Recently several police forces have come forward with recommendations that Windows not be used for online banking, due to it’s built in insecurity.

    For the very few Windows programs that I need (mostly old stuff which is not available anymore) I run a copy of Windows 98 in Virtualbox. It works, and since I don’t allow it access to the network, security is not an issue.

  3. I’ve heard there are some wildlife groups trying to get Apple to do more stuff with the actual S.L.’s lol. I don’t know- people are saying it’s good PR for Apple- they should jump on that.

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