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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Want to know what I think?
by hmmm on Fri 20th Aug 2004 04:52 UTC

Of course you do!

If you use old software that only works with specific Linux distros and it isn't open source or being updated to run on the newer distros then you have two options. Run an old distro that supports your old software or modify the source to work with a newer distro. If enough people use the software and its open source it will be updated. If not then you are hardly worth the time and effort to provide backwards compatibility unless you pay for it out of your own pocket.

And that's fair, IMO.