Zimmerman: Weve packaged all of the free software
Posted Jul 7, 2010 14:02 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand
In reply to: Zimmerman: Weve packaged all of the free software
Parent article: Zimmerman: Weve packaged all of the free software
The problem isn't "get latest <foo> out to users", the problem is making sure the whole system works reasonably well. Having a few thousand packages installed, each available in a few dozen versions, is just impossible to check for minimal sanity.
BTW, apropos the so touted Windows compatibility, you will run regularly into programs that plainly don't work on the latest version of the operating system (ever wondered why many people have been reluctant to follow the "service pack" threadmill?). Yes, this has happened to me with a Microsft game for Win98, for which all requirements were fullfilled on WinNT. The only thing that worked was the splash startup, after that it just crased badly. And that even in the face of heroic efforts by Microsoft people to make sure that "important legacy applications" still work, even if they rely on undocumented behaviour, plain bugs, or even outright security failures. "Not so important legacy applications" (like some my daughter uses frequently) just don't work at all on anything except their native WinXP right now.
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