You were surprised? Why?
Posted Jul 9, 2009 16:24 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Small problem for Linux ? Sure. Big problem for Linux user? Of course.
Parent article: Google Chrome OS and the community
Well, I was pleasantly surprised the other week when I tried
running an old copy of Mosaic.
I run old DOS/Windows programs quite often - and I expect that they'll
work on new version of Windows (the fact that Windows Vista x64 dropped
support for DOS/Win16 was unpleasant surprise but AFICS it's problem with
AMD64 mode, not the result of Microsoft's negligence). For you the fact that
old copy of Mosaic can run is pleasant surprise. Nuff said.
The really strange this here is that GNU/Linux core is 99% bullet-proof:
linux kernel and glibc go the huge pains to guarantee backward
compatibility. But the further you go up in the software stack the flakier
ABI stability becomes - by the time you've reached layers where you can do
something usefull it's gone almost completely...
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