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: @Stefan Michalowski
by OoSync on Thu 19th Aug 2004 17:35 UTC

That's extremely naive. There is absolutely zero incentive for a company that develops software to do as you suggest.

IIRC, theKompany distributes this way, or at least used to. They would allow paying customers to get the source, but not the general public. Note, this was for the products they sold, not the products they distributed for free.