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Re: gnome-vfs not in Rawhide?



On Fri, 0 Apr 2005 20:09:33 +0200, Nils Philippsen wrote:
> You know, usually the workaround is opt-in instead of default, and for
> good reasons: if you change things (supposedly for the better), you want
> applications to be adjusted/fixed if necessary. This works so much
> better if you need to opt-in for the workaround to let old apps run --
> the pressure for application developers to fix their applications is
> higher.

I'm afraid the patch life for an average game is about 6 months. After
this developers are usually not interested in releasing bugfixes or
patches, no matter what sales are like.

This also does nothing for things like Domino, which ship their own copies
of the JVM. You can't upgrade it because the whole reason they ship their
own JVM is that Java isn't sufficiently backwards compatible enough for
large, complex programs like the Domino groupware server to use the
systems copy. 

End result -> broken apps that will never, ever be fixed.

thanks -mike


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