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: mystilleef
by Anonymous on Fri 20th Aug 2004 10:05 UTC

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

How in the heck whether software is closed or open sourced make a difference when run in Linux? Will the OS give me a warning telling me that what I am about to run is closed source? Just because the OS itself is open source, doesnt mean that it was meant to run only open source programs.