Oricutron and Mac Sierra and High Sierra

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Re: Oricutron and Mac Sierra and High Sierra

Post by ThomH »

Dbug wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:16 pm
ThomH wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:01 pm
and you can virtualise old versions of OS X going back to 10.4 which was the first version on this side of the Intel transition.
In my (somewhat limited) experience, running OSX in a VM was good enough for normal applications, but it gave terrible performance for games or anything relying heavily on OpenGL/shaders.

Maybe we did it wrong, we only had a could of "mac" people, the rest was Windows and Linux developers :)
I virtualise Linux on the Mac and can confirm that OpenGL performance isn't great. Luckily I'm using it to evaluate for correctness, not performance.

A completely latent bug in my emulator prior to adding a Linux target was an accidental assumption about attribute locations in compiled GLSL code. It would have been unlikely that I, as an amateur, would ever have uncovered that without trying a completely different GLSL compiler.

So I'm definitely generally in favour of supporting as many platforms as possible. Even as it was, given my latent bug I wasn't really supporting the Mac correctly so much as a specific temporal instance of it. It's completely different for proper commercial products that are going to be tested on a much wider variety of hardware (and hopefully not by the users) but for stuff like Oric emulators I tend to look at slogging through with Xcode-or-whatever's hurdles towards having another distinct set of tools checking over your work as worth the cost.

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