Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 2, 2012 0:31 UTC (Mon) by rqosa
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> Because in Windows/MacOS you must support old technology (often decade old technology)
Except that developers don't always support old technology, but instead sometimes say "you must have at least this version of Windows/MacOS". For example, people who bought new PCs in 1994 would have within 3-4 years would have no longer been able to run most off-the-shelf PC software, especially games, without at least buying a new Windows version (and maybe not even then, because of increasing hardware requirements).
(Incidentally, it's not always true that Windows and MacOS have better backwards compatibility. For example, Windows for x86_64 doesn't support 16-bit executables, but you can run them with Wine on an x86_64 kernel. And some early 680x0 Mac programs require black&white or 16-color video modes, which weren't supported even on hardware as old as the beige G3.)
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