Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 3, 2012 1:12 UTC (Tue) by rqosa
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> desktop have reached “mature technology” stage and expectation have changed.
I'm not convinced it has. Back when I used to use Mac OS X occasionally, I remember not being able to run some things because they required a newer version of the OS (which costs money). By comparison, on a Linux distribution with out-of-date libraries, you can at least try out a new program by using a locally-installed copy of the program and (some of) its dependencies. (I did that in order to run a Calligra Krita snapshot on Debian Squeeze.)
> all these efforts are laid to waste by the distributions on the desktop which assume that “recompile the world” is valid answer to compatibility problems.
The situation isn't as bad as you make it sound. Running old programs on a newer distribution is usually just a matter of installing old libraries, and distributions might even provide packages of those old libraries. (For example, it was common to keep running some KDE3 apps in the early days of KDE4, and also Arch Linux currently provides both Allegro 4 and Allegro 5 packages.)
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