Eventually Revolution Is the Easier Route To Escape An Oppressive System

When the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) throws fuel on the fire of revolution, you know it’s a big fire, happening in the public square.“While some have found the process of upgrading straightforward, others have found it expensive, irritating and time-consuming.
And interestingly, it isn’t the operating system itself that seems to be causing the biggest headache, it’s transferring the applications that used to run on it and upgrading the servers that supported the old machines.”
That’s the case with the escape from XP, M$’s pinnacle of lock-in.

You see, M$ designed XP simply to create lock-in. It was no technical advance. It was an advance in lock-in with “domains” and “forests” and dependence on servers running that other OS just to log in and obscured file-sharing protocols and ever-shifting file-systems and file-formats.

Well, M$ succeeded in locking in businesses and large organization with a vengeance. The problem is the applications, you know, the ones designed especially for XP? Well, many of them won’t run with anything else. Those applications are locked in as is the hardware that depended on those obscured file-sharing and networking protocols. M$ now asks everyone to throw away all their IT and accept new lock-in from “7” and “8” and take another jog on the treadmill getting nowhere while working up a sweat.

The problem, for M$, is that they’ve been so aggressive in creating lock-in that their loyal followers cannot afford to throw away all that IT and carry on. IT has grown by an order of magnitude since XP was foisted on the world. The cost of continuing with M$ and “partners” is now much greater than the cost of going to GNU/Linux and keeping a lot of the hardware and understanding what IT is and how it works. They’ve made GNU/Linux look better.

The FUD doesn’t work. The world sees M$ as the cancer, not GNU/Linux and FLOSS. The world sees Android/Linux systems working smoothly for more folks and at lower cost and complexity. The world sees that depending on M$ for anything in IT is difficult, expensive and a nightmare waiting to happen.

The result is that consumers are switching to Android/Linux and governments, businesses and large organizations are switching to GNU/Linux, in droves. Governments are banning M$’s standards and protocols. The OS itself is next. Already huge segments of humanity know that a web browser and the Internet will do a lot of what they want done. There’s just no need for a lot of what M$ offers and it’s more efficient to go elsewhere for software. Enter FLOSS, the most efficient means of creating and distributing software. It’s time is now.

See Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Eventually Revolution Is the Easier Route To Escape An Oppressive System

  1. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr XP will not run all applications released in 2014. You can download Latest Linux Firefox from mozilla in a tar gz and put on a 2002 Linux distribution and it works. So yes a old Linux distribution can run newer binaries if they are packaged distribution independent. I will give you the list of applications for Linux that are packaged distribution independent is quite short.

    X.org compat breakages. Ok this was X.org project intentional moves. Any feature of X.org that did not have a proper test suite end up intentionally broken to find out if anyone was using it. Without a test suite it was going to be broken at some point. So it was break it now if no one is using it remove the feature completely. Result is X11 protocol is now smaller and more maintainable. I will give this is not the nicest policy.

    “PulseAudio great breakage” This is fairly much ended. Most applications that break now with Pulseaudio ALSA interface also break with particular models real world sound cards. Lot of applications were highly sloppy in their usage of ALSA. Mind you the total incompatibility between artsd and esound was way worse than pulseaudio.

    You do find old Windows applications that only support paths 128 chars long even that forever windows and dos supported 255-260 chars long. NTFS in fact supports longer than 255-260 paths so you are required to set up fake drives so some windows applications work.

    Linux world you are required to set up docker or chroot so old applications shipped by distributions work. Systemd is now proposing building in a framework to make this a default feature. Yes reducing the skill level set this stuff up. Linux has never forced it uses on to a upgrade treadmill. Linux has been a complete pain in ass at times.

    Old application support=have to do stupid things. We currently have a few different groups interested in fixing up win16 support because they still need win16 applications that will not work under 64 bit windows.

    The forced subtittle one is a patent problem kurkosdr. http://www.google.com/patents/US20120030253 sorry this is outside VLC project control. To get access to the patent pool containing forced subtittles you have to agree that your application is closed source. So where is the freedom todo with my code as I like.

  2. kurkosdr wrote, “XP still runs apps released in 2014. Can even a 4-year old Linux distro use Linux apps released in 2014?”

    Yes. I do it all the time. Some stuff I wrote a decade ago still runs on this system, Debian GNU/Linux. I’ve taken source code out of the Debian repositories, supplied missing dependencies and made it work. The source code is out there necessary to do the job. Many developers include and FTP site or GIT site with all the libraries the developer used. In the worst case, one sets up and installs a virtual machine running the very OS that the developer used but I’ve never had to do that to get the latest release of VLC or whatever to work for me. The problem that old source code has, an OS without drivers for recent devices is eliminated when using a virtual machine because some ancient drivers are supplied with the virtual machine. Hence, kurkosdr has raised a strawman rather than pointed out any deficiency in GNU/Linux. It’s FLOSS. You can keep the code as long as you want. No problem. With that other OS you can do the same but then you can’t run the latest stuff needing “7” or “8” or whatever. There’s lots of hardware for XP that won’t work with those others, too.

    kurkosdr wrote, “Being forced to upgrade to the newest version of your distro (if you want recent apps, unlike Windows), while there are no back compat guarantees whatsoever.”

    Debian forces no one. Once you have the code, you can run it forever. You can run it in a virtual machine, a real one, an old one or a new one. It’s all good. They have the source code going way back. Where’s M$’s source code for XP? Then there’s RedHat’s archive. I installed a 15 year old release on a 15 year old PC once, just for fun with nothing but a floppy drive working on it. How’s that for backward compatibility. Thanks to the amazing X Window System, I was able to access the latest software running on our server from that ancient machine. It was a dog but only because the NIC was 10mbits/s only…

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “Unlike Desktop Linux, which breaks back compat for fun.”

    Any developer who wishes to run with obsolete libraries can ship them with his product. It’s FLOSS after all. The licence permits them to use the software forever and make as many copies as they like. Some do that in virtual machines, chroots and now “docks”. Others just merge sources and incorporate stuff as source-code rather than binaries. It’s all good. For most, the distros have worked well packaging good stuff and sorting out all the dependencies. The advantage to the end-user is that the RAM needed for any particular application is minimized because other running applications can use the same stuff and there’s more RAM left for other applications and processes doing the user’s bidding.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    The world is indeed seeing the truth. The world does NOT need meritocracies. The world doesn’t need people to tell him “back compat is b-b-bloat, you must always have p-p-pure code”.

    Android and Windows are not meritocracies, they are operating systems developed by corporations with the needs and demands of the free market in mind. Unlike desktop linux. Android and Windows have reasonable back compat, but of course very problematic or very old apps will not run. Unlike Desktop Linux, which breaks back compat for fun.

    Meritocracies suck. For example, there is this bug in VLC which doesn’t play forced subtitles, which means when Klingon, Quernya, black speech etc are spoken on a DVD, the english translation doesn’t appear for english-speaking people. This bug seems to be around forever, but the French people developing VLC don’t care. Meanwhile, freemarket-driven software like PowerDVD or WMP had this since forever.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    So much wrong in the above article

    1. XP still runs apps released in 2014. Can even a 4-year old Linux distro use Linux apps released in 2014?

    2. What is the back compat of Linux exactly? Oh yeah miserable. The PulseAudio great breakage(tm), X.org compat breakages, Linux driver breakages.

    Hey Linux folks, take a long hard look at the mirror. Linux is the real upgrade treadmill. Being forced to upgrade to the newest version of your distro (if you want recent apps, unlike Windows), while there are no back compat guarantees whatsoever.

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