[kwlug-disc] Can OSs demand too much?

Shane shane.msg at gmail.com
Fri May 14 16:24:49 EDT 2010

I'm not sure there is a bug or even bugs.  I believe it may simply be a case of trying to get too much out of too little.  Since 9.10 and 10.04 run on more modern up-to-date machines I am pretty well convinced that even Linux has evolved beyond old hardware.  If the results of command line testing and subsequent installing of older OSs turn out the way I believe they will, I will have my proof.  If not, who knows?
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 15:32:54 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Can OSs demand too much?

Not really addressing your practical problem, but I would expect that kernels, distros and other software will leave old computers behind as they disappear from the user community, or at least from the view of developers.

If there is no one submitting bugs from old platforms there won't be any bug fixes. If the developers don't know of people using old systems they may assume they are gone.

I guess the lesson here is that if you think you are a minority you might want to speak up on development lists.

Distros seem to drop support first.

At least this is better than proprietary software which drops support faster and with general disregard for the users.
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