Linked by Thomas Leonard on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
General Development In the Free and Open Source communities we are proud of our 'bazaar' model, where anyone can join in by setting up a project and publishing their programs. Users are free to pick and choose whatever software they want... provided they're happy to compile from source, resolve dependencies manually and give up automatic security and feature updates. In this essay, I introduce 'decentralised' installation systems, such as Autopackage and Zero Install, which aim to provide these missing features.
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RE[4]: B.A.D idea
by Terracotta on Tue 16th Jan 2007 15:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: B.A.D idea"
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Well I know for one that backward compatibility is not solved in the windows world. For example Navision (a MS product), can not run on windows Vista.

Backward compatibility has also it's drawbacks in speed: as in being forced to keep all drivers ever created to be supported, i.e. USB-drivers in windows vs the fasted drivers for USB in linux.

Compatability on binary level is disease that has more drawbacks than it is good for and is something that the open source world circumvents quite well: on source level.It should not be introduced in the open source world.

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