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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Pointing fingers to the right people
by Russian Guy on Thu 19th Aug 2004 23:30 UTC

To mystilleef:

People seem to forgot that Linux was not designed to run proprietary/closed software.

Linux is just a kernel. A kernel should not care about what is the license of software that runs on it.

Holy Linux! Speaking about what was it designed for: single user X86 CPU computer without network support. This is what Linux was designed for by Linus.

Look at Linux kernel 2.6 and realize how Linux changed since then.

Nothing but lack of focus prevents Linux developers from supporting its backward compatibility. That can and should be changed.