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: RE:Is the Free way really better?
by naurd on Thu 19th Aug 2004 12:01 UTC

Now on the other hand, if you go over to a website of a commercial linux distribution (lets say SUSE) you wont find support for distributions that old. SUSE only presents downloads down to Version 8 of their distro. And version 8 isn't that old, isn't it. So if you want support for older systems you need to habe access to the softwares source to be able to maintain the system.

There is a big difference between an old Windows version and an old "Suse/Red Hat/Mandrake/etc" version...

Win98 will always be Win98. Doesn't matter how much upgrade you apply to it, it will never reach the WinXP level.

Suse 8/Mandrake7.2/RH7/etc... can be upgraded, updated, patched over time. An old Mandrake 7.2 that has been upgraded package by package over time can be at the same level of the latest Mandrake distro. A linux distro is only a starting point!

And also, upgrading to the latest version of a distro is quite easier than upgrading to the latest Windows version.

Just my 2 cents