I installed Lion on a Pro 17 and knew support was going to be dropped. But was surprised to notice after the install that some of my favorite (and I cant replace them) software I use for business actually used PowerPC binary - didn't check, just like thousands others. Great thing I only installed it on my laptop and not on the iMac 27. Now there is no force on this planet thats gonna make me install Lion on the iMac. I was going to buy two Mac Pro 8 core for my business, but now that is halted until I find another solution, be it from Apple or Linux (yeah I might be mad with Apple but Im not stupid enough to go with Windows).
Apple's decision on removing PowerPC support was a very bad move. IBM supports software even that made in the 70's while still improving the OS without affecting users that don't use old software. I question Apple's self-made stigma of having the best people... Sorry Apple that is my opinion as a System Engineer and programmer. IT CAN BE DONE!! But they might not know how to do it.
I have read dozens of blogs out there of people hating Apple's decision and affecting there PowerPC based programs. People have invested hundreds and even thousands of dollars in developing and using these programs so that Apple strips it off because they want to think what is "best" for them without caring to find a way to support legacy apps. Someone is playing god too much because of monopolistic control, which I hope ends in the future for the sake of business development.
So this brings my question to fruition: What guarantee can I give to the businesses I support that their future development is protected if Apple might pull the plug on the current platform in the future? I mean, they just did it with PowerPC.