drawbacks of backward compatibility in *NIX
Say we don't care about backward compatibility; would Linux be faster, reliabler and simpler?
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because of oss if enuff people want backward compatibility, then they will do it.. but since these are mostly people who still tinker with 386's and the such, i don't see why any advancements in the kernel, etc. should be held back for these classes of users.
let microsoft have the rest-- since they are good at fixing their os decades after release ;)
Linux is a kernel, and as that, it contains backwards compatibility for lots of things, old API's stay in the kernel for a year or so before its finally yanked out, and people are forced to change their programs if they havent already.
As a OS, backwards compatibility is not a big deal. Lots of popular projects solve the issue by making their "updated" project install along side their older one, with the result being backwards compatibility, without any upgrades.
If backwards compatibility was just dropped, there would be no OS. As projects would just upgrade and change their API's whenever they want, without consideration for who uses it. Image if the C library just wanked out "fopen (".....")", the OS would just not compile. Even if the OS still worked, it would take longer to make software, as each API change would require mass editing of other software before the OS could be released, slowing down development (this assumes the OS is developed like a whole, like BSD's ... Linux as a OS is developed one project at a time, each one separate-ish).
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