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:Is the Free way really better?
by peragrin on Thu 19th Aug 2004 10:52 UTC

Closed way

You either get a hack from company A or Company B because it's fast and cheap. As long as it works right??? A&B may argue it out to figure out who actually has to fix it. You have to find the update yourself, checking with both Company A and Company B. You have to download it. You have to click the installer. This fix may or maynot be tested but it's here.

Open Way

Someone notices the bug, it gets submitted, a week or so later an Update appears in a package rep. You click update( or cmd-line what ever) It gets downloaded and installed. now in all likely hood This is a proper fix, may not be tested, but it will be working.