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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by bob on Thu 19th Aug 2004 13:18 UTC

How many of the these programs can you download from the developers site in binary form so that they would work on any distro? Perhaps something like 0,005%?

That is such a windows way of thinking, using fedora with yum or aptget for rpm or debian with apt-get there are erm tons of binaries to download and just run. Not to mention that the same is possible to be done for any distro that is based on those distros.

The fact that the source is available means that anyone can make a package for any given software and make a binary available. In fact, the sooner that EVERY distro has a version of apt-get or yum for it the better! No more downloading from websites but using these systems exclusively unless one is able to compile from source & create a package to make generally available.

IMO MS should have compatibility for stupid apps for a time limited period only, ie the OS that comes after the release of that application, and then the next version after that removes it again.


have compatibility as an optional extra that can be uninstalled.

I don't know how possible these solutions are, but IF it is a security hazzard it most definitely needs reviewing!!