Not logged in
Log in now
Create an account
Subscribe to LWN
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
It's just that microsoft labels the updates differently (ever hear of 'hostfixes' and 'service packs', those are OS upgrades, frequently ones that break your software)
Hughes: GNOME Software overall plan
Posted Mar 18, 2013 21:57 UTC (Mon) by oblio (guest, #33465)
Meanwhile, please compare the version bumps between 3 different Fedora versions or 3 different Ubuntu versions. Those include tons of bug fixes and tons of new "features". Features I might want or not, features that might change something I do not changed.
Meanwhile, except for service packs, Windows versions do not introduce new functionality during hotfixes. And even base versions are supported for a long time, so you can just apply the hotfixes and ignore the service packs.
From a compatibility point of view, Windows rules supreme. I don't know any desktop OS with this kind of application compatibility.
Posted Mar 19, 2013 13:48 UTC (Tue) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
BeOS/Haiku? Don't drivers for BeOS still work on Haiku today? Now if you meant "used desktop OS", then I do think I'd have to agree. Though, pre-NT-era apps (particularly games) can no longer work (I have a few laying around), WINE-on-Windows might end up being the best way forward for that compatibility.
Copyright © 2013, Eklektix, Inc.
Comments and public postings are copyrighted by their creators.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds