Crowding out OpenBSD
Posted Nov 16, 2012 14:42 UTC (Fri) by vonbrand
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"Those who didn't learn from PentiumPro are doomed to Itanium"...
The "baggage" of keeping old stuff running well is vital for the fledgeling operating system/architecture/whatever. If it isn't there, it won't ever make it to enough popularity to stand on its own.
You'd be surprised at the proportion of shops still running ancient software, often on heroic life support measures. One of the funnier stories from IBM's early days was a machine running an emulator for an older model, under which an emulator for a still older machine ran, just to keep some program from the dawn of computing available. And I remember somewhere where they had a more than 15 year old PL/1 program, to which the source code had been long lost. Their most valuable asset was an old hand, who knew the innards of the code enough to be able to tweak it by patching the executable.
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