Apple's move to Intel

Subject: Apple's move to Intel
From: "Chris Christner" <cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 12:59:43 -0600

Hail Mac users of FrameMaker,

As of next year, Apple will begin using Intel X86 CPUs instead of IBM
PowerPC. One side-effect of this change will be that Tech Writers who are
still using FrameMaker won't be able to run it on the new machines. That's
because the Intel-inside OS X will not support Classic mode--see page 67
of Apple?s Universal Binary Programming Guidelines PDF (hat tip: John Gruber at Daring Fireball) which

"Rosetta [the emulator that enables the Intel CPUs to run IBM PowerPC
apps] is designed to translate currently shipping applications that run on
a PowerPC with a G3 processor and that are built for Mac OS X.

Rosetta does not run the following:

o Applications built for Mac OS 8 or 9"

One possible workaround to this impending problem will be to run the
Windows version of FrameMaker in emulation. Now that OS X will be running
on Intel X86 processors, there should be very little speed penalty when
running emulators. Another option will be to boot into Windows. Apple's VP
Phil Schiller is quoted in CNET as saying that Apple won't do anything to
prevent double-booting (HT: John Siracusa at Ars
Techinca). So all is not lost, but just in case, plan on keeping your
legacy MAChines for a long time.



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