Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Alfman on Sat 24th Nov 2012 22:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,

"I still have VB6 apps that work perfectly well."

Funny, I still have nightmares from vb6 active-x hell.

For the most part I think backwards compatibility for *userspace* code in windows is remarkably stable, especially given the 64bit transition. It's not perfect though, and old things are breaking. I was at a shop that was heavily invested in vb6 & activex for numerous products. One of my roles involved deploying these on new platforms, and they definitely encountered numerous incompatibilities, incurring high maintenance costs.

As a side note: citrix is workaround many of the compatibility problems we encountered, albeit at some expense.


"NET has been solid since version 2"

.net apps are not without occasional problems either, sometimes they install on one system but not another (ie when both are winxp3). I gave up installing one .net app on a new win7 home computer even, but I never solved the problem (probably a localised issue).


"While there is nothing wrong with Open source stuff, why move your existing and working code for the sake of it?"

That's just it though, I wouldn't ask people to convert for no reason. If something works, then great (no sarcasm here). But when old things start breaking, regardless of who's at fault, it may be worth looking around at what else exists and pre-emptively avoid another proprietary locked in solution.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I could do with a lot more backward compatibility from win7 to Office 2003 (compatibility mode?.. rubbish). It is the bane of my existence supporting users right now.

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