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Dear Apple Scitechies,
Because I don't really know how I could communicate my present great concerns to Apple responsibles who make the strategic decisions for the Lion and beyond, I try to post it here:
Although I may not represent the average Apple customer, I have used the Apple Macintosh platform successfully in the science and engineering domains within university level education. Now the R&D is a domain Apple is not really strongly represented in with most engineers using MS driven PeeCees unfortunately. In fact the major key applications that enabled me to still get my work done up until today are ''LabVIEW'' from National Instruments, DesignWorks from Capilano and PCB Professional Layout from Douglas.
Now, it seems as if these pieces of somewhat specialized professional software applications need continued support of Rosetta to run. If Apple will drop Rosetta, these applications will most probably fall off the Apple platform. This will have a severe impact on my past and future professional work and worst of all it will diminish all the good arguments I always had to bring up in order to justify my strategy to work with Apple computers instead of migrating away to the PeeCees as was mostly the case over time. After so many years and at a time of Apple's a tremendous commercial success it looks as if i will be forced to switch over to the PeeCee world. This seems absurd and it was something I always tried to avoid by actively fighting for the Apple cause since 1988. However the most annoying aspect of it is the fact that Apple itself will be responsible for this.
I surely hope that Apple will work closely together with the involved companies to still give us a chance for continued support for the above mentioned and for similar other important large scale professional software packages which are and will be vital for science and engineering.
Thank you for the help and for listening/forwarding the mail to the people in charge
Electronics Engineer & Physics Demonstrator
University of Bern
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