Linked by Stefan Michalowski, M. Sc. on Thu 19th Aug 2004 08:27 UTC
Editorial Lately posted on Slashdot, an article written by Joel Spolsky mentioned the trouble through which Microsoft went to make each version of Windows backwards compatible. In one case, for the game Simcity, they even changed the way memory handling was done when running that application. You can find additional stories of software tricks that recent versions of Windows have to perform in order to run these bug-dependant applications on the web. After reading the story, I discussed with a couple of friends how weird this was and how Free Software completely avoids this problem.
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Re: *Sigh*
by ralph on Thu 19th Aug 2004 09:36 UTC

Those were just examples to show that the claims about closed source software on linux are simply not true.

Now you are addressing an other problem and that affects mainly open source programs. Wether what you describe is indeed a problem, has been solved for a long time now by good package managers, desperately needs an other approach (like autopackage) has been discussed at great length here and on various other sites.

But still, what our anonymous friend claimed, that his company had to support 656 different version if it produced linux software is simply wrong. That's all I wanted to point out.

Btw.: acrobat-reader, crossover-office, winex (or whatever it is called today), textmaker... ;-D