Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 04:08 UTC
Windows If you had asked me, I would have guessed that this wouldn't be possible. One intrepid OS explorer has made a video wherein he not only installs every version of Windows since 1985's Windows 1.0, but proceeds to upgrade from one to another. The video, titled Chain of Fools: an Exploration of Windows upgrade procedures, shows how DOS and Windows are installed in a VMWare VM, and how a couple of DOS games were installed to see how newer versions of Windows handle backward compatibility. Similarly, various customizations were made to the Windows preferences to see how they survived the upgrades. Video embedded after the break.
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Awesome !
by TBPrince on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 19:47 UTC
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LOL! And someone still wonders why Windows still is the leader. And by far ;-)

I would like to check the same stuff with other major OSes.

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RE: Awesome !
by joekiser on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 20:21 in reply to "Awesome !"
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Such a feat should be possible with FreeBSD, but it would take forever to compile and not look nearly as pretty.

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RE[2]: Awesome !
by ruinevil on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 21:53 in reply to "RE: Awesome !"
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You'd have to wipe /etc and /var a few times.

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RE[2]: Awesome !
by phoenix on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 21:57 in reply to "RE: Awesome !"
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Why compile it?

The Windows version did binary upgrades via install floppy/CD. You can do the exact same thing using the FreeBSD install CD for each version.

What won't work, though, is binary compatibility for applications between versions. At least not automatically.

You'd have to manually install the needed misc/compat* port for the previous version(s) before you can run an already installed app.

Would be an interesting exercise, though. Any takers? ;)

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RE: Awesome !
by Soulbender on Sun 6th Mar 2011 03:07 in reply to "Awesome !"
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LOL! And someone still wonders why Windows still is the leader. And by far ;-)

I still wonder that every time I have to work on a Windows system, which is unfortunately pretty much every day.

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RE[2]: Awesome !
by TBPrince on Sun 6th Mar 2011 11:40 in reply to "RE: Awesome !"
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Then you're not fair to yourself ;-)

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