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: tuning
by Don Cox on Thu 19th Aug 2004 10:08 UTC

"Not many, typically only propertiary software. Reason is, downloading software in a binary form wich would fit all distros is not the idea on Linux, it's the other way around. The developer release the source, and packagers release distro-tuned packages. "

That might (just) work now, when there are not many programs for Linux. But what happens in a few years' time, when there may be ten times as many, some of them very obscure?