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macOS Catalina: Costly 'Upgrade' for Those with 32-Bit Software

How to Stop macOS from Urging You to “Upgrade” to macOS Catalina
Professionals Should Stay Away from macOS Catalina for Six Months
Caution on Upgrading to macOS Catalina — Could Cost You Money and Functionality

In macOS Catalina, Apple has made changes which are both $costly in dollar terms and will forever degrade the experience for me at least.

Starting with the cost and functionality of apps:

  • My business accounting software is 32-bit. There is zero value to upgrading it for functionality, indeed negative value, since bigs and new issues may arise fixed for which will cost more money over time for “upgrade”s, and the minimum upgrade cost is $500 just to start.
  • My most-used software is 32-bit Adobe Dreamweaver CS 5.5, purchased years ago. Now Ill have to pay Adobe $20 a month forever for a newer version which has usability problems.
  • My cycling software (SRMX) has problems. It’s Java-based so there is some hope but there are issues.

Those are things I found in 5 minutes. There are almost certainly more.

Professionals should be on the lookout for issues with drivers, dongles, etc— things that sometimes don’t get upgraded, or cannot be.

The really ugly headache, an unfixable headache is that macOS Catalina destroys the top level file system namespace, putting it off-limits for use.

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