Absolutely true. I still use it. I also still use Avid 3 (for scriptsync.) But both of these will break at some point and I don't think Avid or Apple will be in a rush to help me out when they do. And so I have alternative plans. But my point was that it was Apple's intention, from the time FCPX was announced, to kill FCS. Dead. And the other point was that nothing would surprise me. Such as Apple bringing back FCS in some form, or engineering X in the future in a manner calculated to bring the people who perceive themselves as having been shunned back in to the fold.
I know of a place that was making plenty of money using an Avid that had to be 6 years old running on the same OS that it shipped with. Cripes! where is the law that states you must always upgrade. I have a G4 that is running FCP 4.5 that still could be used to edit most all of the jobs out there. Slow renders, but it STILL WORKS.
Not only that, Apple dumps support for old machines with their software with regularity. How else can the software tap into technology only available on newer machines. Don't you want the software to keep up with the hardware? If they held back the tech that can only work on the later machines, we'd not improve the performance of the software...
Well, it's not exactly five years between Lion and Mountain Lion, but this is how they make money and I don't think anyone should be surprised. I'm not. And while I've pretty much committed to other platforms that does not mean I won't be paying close attention to Mountain Lion.
Who cares? If you're editing with FCS why should you upgrade to Mountain Lion? Actually why should you update even to Lion? I think all 'pro' softwares still work in Snow Leopard. Even Avid MC6 works in Snow Leopard although Lion is recommended. So no hurry :)
Now that Apple releases a new OS every year or sooner, it seems insane to upgrade just because Cook has something new on the plate. It's his job to feed the consumer mob with new goods to fill his belly with cash. It's our job to make movies, not appease Cook.
You are right. They are not expensive. The question is do they work for you? At this particular moment in my world the Mac OS upgrades do not work for me. Will they in the future? Perhaps. And If it turns out that what I do down the road does work within a Mac OS then I will not hesitate to reconsider. Right now Apple is headed down a road down which I cannot follow.