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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Enterprise Standpoint
by Jud on Thu 19th Aug 2004 21:09 UTC

Open source means everything is fixable with enough time and effort. What large companies are interested in is reducing time and effort spent on what is not their main focus (software development and bugfixing), and devoting it instead to selling more widgets. So in reality, whether you are dealing with closed or open source, what the large company wants to know is how long you, the vendor, will support the OS and associated applications, 'cause the large company does not want to be bothered. That's what they're paying you for, so they don't have to be bothered.

Just read a couple of interviews with Red Hat execs where they're talking about a 5-6 year support time frame, which is pretty good, but not out of line with MS's support for WinNT and some of its business applications, for example.