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Re: Libraries disappearing from compat-libstdc++-296



Kevin Kofler wrote:
Upstreams still building their binaries with GCC 2.95 (or 2.96 for that matter) should really be told to get with the times. GCC is at 4.3 now, 2.95 is just a long gone memory from the distant past.

Sorry for taking so long to reply, for some reason my Gmane.org feed wasn't showing the latest replies on this thread.

OK, Windows XP still runs nearly all programs from previous versions Windows, plus it has DOS emulation so that it can run many, but not all DOS programs. What is SO WRONG with some element of reverse compatibility? I know that some of you may feel that there is a hinder to progress there, but there has to be some kind of balance between bleeding-edge and interoperability with other software.

I'm not talking about a need to build new binaries, I'm just talking about getting older software to run on a newer OS. This doesn't just include commercial software such as Maple, but also older open-source projects that haven't been updated in a while, but could still hypothetically work if the proper libraries were provided.

William


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