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: @ Stefan Michalowski (IP:
by Anonymous on Thu 19th Aug 2004 18:17 UTC

What I gave is pretty much the definition of GPL. What you are saying is that GPL is naive. You may be right, but then you have to say that Novell/Ximian, RH, Suse, Mandrake, Mozilla, Sun, IBM and many others are naive to base their business (or some of it) on GPL.

In the case of Novell/RH/Suse/mandrake/Zilla/Sun I agree that it's very naive.... in the caase of IBM I'd say it's a wise move as they base so much of their money off consultancy and they have an old vendetta with MS that they still suffer from in terms of "company confidence".