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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Heavens to murgatroyd, installing software is not yet like slipping a suppository to a comatose quadraplegic, such a tragedy. Just like condoms, one size will never truly fit all. How many hundereds of platforms is linux on? The other guys uh, 1? The tragedy is people can't seem to see anything beyond their own little desktop. Why is there so many choices vs why are there no choices. Yes every distro is like a whole 'nother version and a completely different os, so pick your pony and ride it.

Who the fsck writes XSLT applications? Most write stylesheets for data transformation. You can't get Xalan/Apache/Cocoon to run on your linux box? I smell weakness.