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Choosing between portability and innovation

Choosing between portability and innovation

Posted Mar 3, 2011 7:38 UTC (Thu) by airlied (subscriber, #9104)
In reply to: Choosing between portability and innovation by dlang
Parent article: Choosing between portability and innovation

So you should have a whole lot of fallbacks that nobody is testing? and will most likely bitrot into all hell since nobody runs them except maybe some hero once every 2-3 years.


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Choosing between portability and innovation

Posted Mar 3, 2011 10:13 UTC (Thu) by roblucid (subscriber, #48964) [Link]

It's called error handling, a major pain yes but robust programs have it.

If applications are no longer designed that way, then when there's a call for Linux 3.0 for some currently unforeseable reason, there'll be a terrible chicken & egg problem, which will make the KDE4.0 saga look minor.

The X redevelopments are actually a good example for need for this, as they have NOT provided uninterrupted functionality to the end users, very many complain about much breakage, and missing features over last couple of years.


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