you have to find at least _two_ machines for it to make sense. ...
I don't think the concern is that someone will have a wireless card in a closet for ten years and then decide to build a system with it. It's that someone has a system running continuously for ten years using that wireless card, which means he also has other machines and APs as required, and then suddenly wants to switch to a new Linux kernel to add a feature.
It would be nice if he didn't have to choose between the new kernel-provided feature and the old wireless card (and probably a dozen other old components that are tied to it).
If you can even run the latest kernel on that machine ...
That's exactly the question -- whether new Linux will be compatible with old machines.
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