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st: Stata and Mac OS X 10.5


From   cnguyen@stata.com
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Stata and Mac OS X 10.5
Date   Wed, 24 Oct 2007 14:27:20 -0500

On October 26, Apple Inc. will release Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), the latest 
version of their operating system.

Both Stata 9 and Stata 10 have been tested on the prerelease (beta) version of
Mac OS X 10.5, and we have found no problems with installing and running
Stata.

The importance of Apple's new operating system is that 10.5 will be its first,
true 64-bit version of Mac OS X when running on a Mac with a 64-bit processor
such as a Core 2 Duo or a PowerPC G5.  We have already begun working on a
64-bit version of Stata 10 for the Macintosh, and we expect it to be ready
during the first half of 2008. We will make an announcement once it is
available.

In the meantime, the current 32-bit versions of Stata 9 and 10 will work under
Mac OS X 10.5 even if you are on a 64-bit Mac.  Versions of Stata prior to
Stata 9 will also work as long as you run them on Macs with PowerPC
processors.  We do not recommend running versions of Stata prior to Stata 9 on
Intel-based Macs because of the poor mathematical accuracy of Rosetta, 
Apple's PowerPC emulator for Intel-based Macs.

-Chinh Nguyen
 cnguyen@stata.com
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