glargg wrote: ↑
Wed May 29, 2019 3:21 am
This is one of those things that bug me to no end. Microsoft Windows is an operating system, designed to run software written for PCs. If software was written to run in a Microsoft environment, Microsoft should be providing an environment in which it will run, no matter how old it is. Anything less is an abdication of their responsibility in offering the operating system in the first place.
And Microsoft is not alone in this. Apple has done the same thing with their support for older software. In a way, they're breaking a promise to the user, and to the software developers.
And it doesn't have to be that way. Unix/Linux is completely backward-compatible, except where older software depended upon no-longer-secure operating system processes. Colossal Cave Adventure, written in the 70s, runs fine on Linux (the 1977 Unix port from the original Fortran), and is actually included in most Linux distributions.
All true. I really want to move to linux - but there's so many issues....
See, when I first upgraded to a windows machine.... it worked exactly as I had imagined a computer would work (even though it was windows 3.0 - buggier than ANY anthill I kid you not!) So I was a very happy camper.... and I have been for the most part ever since (decades....)
Unfortunately, windows/MS has - gone to "all online" sort of stuff, and I'm SO not into that. So.... what to do....
Well, not doing apple/mac, way too expensive/proprietary. And linux.... I just can't wrap my mind around it. *sigh* I want windows NOT operated by microsoft....
Yeah right. Like that's ever going to happen.
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on Wed May 29, 2019 3:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
Loving fantasy since 1960 or so, FRPGs since 1975 (appx), and CRPGs since 1985....
When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the Circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone:
Five will return, and one go on alone.