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Re: [opensuse-factory] The Future of SaX2
  • From: Rob OpenSuSE <rob.opensuse.linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 17:24:41 +0000
  • Message-id: <ce9d8ed60912050924l754b3816xd0d47bd4d1777eb7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
2009/12/5 Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Why can't you install old version of Linux on the old hardware? I
found modern browser like Firefox worked surprisingly well displaying
remotely via X.

Thanks for removing relevant part of quote .. X reference did matter.

1-security updates stop after "support" for the release is terminated
2-installing out of support releases means necessary bugfixes/patches from
their updates repos generally are no longer available

I do know that, most likely the hardware is not supported by the
manufacturer either.

If I took out a pentium MMX based 8MiB RAM machine, do you think
openSUSE 11.2 should just work on it? If not why is your old hardware
worthy and mine not?

The problem is, you cannot stop the external world changing, new
things being developed, that require resources. At some point you
have to cut the cloth to suit and accept that the power & maintenance
consumed by a device make it uneconomic.

You do not need all bugfixes/patches & support to display applications
that run on newer hardware via X. Without need to support X and
modern desktop, then the hardware requirements for practical use of
the distro drop significantly.

Imposing that a distro support everything for ever requirement, will
make a distribution untestable and it unworkable to move forwards,
becoming impossibly impractical over any long timescale.

There are conservative distributions, that do aim at longevity of old
hardware, and they can take decisions to suit that niche.

Rob
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