Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Nov 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical is announcing the availability of PPA: a Launchpad-integrated free service which allows anyone to get 1 GB of space to upload whatever software they want. Launchpad will compile it automatically and will set up an apt repository with your package to anyone who wants to use it. Aditionally, PPAs offer bug reporting and translation services.
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RE: Patch...
by jessta on Wed 28th Nov 2007 03:55 UTC in reply to "Patch..."
jessta
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2005-08-17

Yep, Windows is the king of backwards compatibility.
But in a free software world backwards compatibility is much less important. If things change developers just update their software to work with the new changes.
This might sound like extra work but is hardly a problem for an active project. It also means less broken legacy code or APIs that need to be supported.

Microsoft refuses to send out patches for some security issues because they will break compatiblity, this is very bad.

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RE[2]: Patch...
by mabhatter on Thu 29th Nov 2007 04:02 in reply to "RE: Patch..."
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

the "Windows" view is that software is a shiny disc. You sell it, you support it if you have to, you sit in a tower and put out a new version when you want people to pay you more money. Software is a "done" thing... dead once it's out the door.

Free Software is alive, in use, being modified for users RIGHT NOW, not in the next version in 6 months... fixing little things from time-to-time is much easier than trying to fix ALL the bug in one shot so the company can sit back another 9 months or year.

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