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Rosetta and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

If you have been following any of the discussions about the next Mac OS X operating system (Lion) you may have noticed that Rosetta is no longer supported. Rosetta enables applications compiled for the PowerPC family of processors to run on Apple systems that use Intel processors.
If you are planning to upgrade it may be worth checking to see which applications might be effected, to do this open “System Profiler” which is in the “Application:Utilities” folder. First select “Applications” in the Software section from the left hand menu, then sort by “Kind” (you might have to drag the Kind column to the left). Applications that might cause problems are “Classic” or “PowerPC”. Fortunately for me none of the applications I use regularly are effected.

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