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Re: libc changes and freebsd-4 compatible binaries

From: "Martin P. Hellwig" <mhellwig@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 18:23:20 +0200

talon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Martin P. Hellwig <mhellwig@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

1.2 release. Although I find it frustrating too (the libmap bull was the primary reason for me to leave Free) I reckon sometimes harsh measures are needed. It is mostly better to brake with compatibility then to suffer from old rubbish (Windows ME anyone?)

I disagree with that. THE main strength of Windows is that you can run the
same binaries on Win98 all the way to WinXP.

That really depends on your software, at my shop (checked the maintenance log, don't know these figure out of my head) we had to ditch 41 programs when upgrading from 98 to 2000, then from 2000 to XP another 23 and from XP to XP SP2 12.
That is from a pool of 376 dos application, we have another fleet of NT programs, which broke from NT4 to XP SP2, but all of them where upgraded for no cost by their software maker.
Ditching in our case means that the maintainer for the software is out of biz and we didn't have any replacement software (where in the educational environment).
Some software works on 98 as on XP but enough of them don't.

I also have to keep some NT4 servers going because the organization depends on some old software, luckily enough for me virtual servers gives me a workaround for the old hardware problem.

However I am pleased with windows 2003 and especially with sp1, so the pain of upgrade is relative.

To conclude; I can not agree that the tatement that you can run the same binaries on 98 as on XP is always true, in my case it is too much not true to be relevant.


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