Alan Cox alan at
Tue Apr 7 13:00:38 PDT 2009

On Tue, 7 Apr 2009 18:36:20 +0000 (UTC)
Tuomo Valkonen <tuomov at> wrote:

> On 2009-04-07, Alan Cox <alan at> wrote:
> >> several mission-critical applications that has seen two and a half
> >> decades of development based on Xlib.  (... with all the assumptions
> >
> > Commiserations but at least Xlib today is back compatible. Try a 25 year
> > old windows app and weep.
> Try a 5 year old Linux program binary on a recent OS -- and weep.

Works beautifully if you have the libraries to hand. I test this
regularly and things like the rogue binary from 1993 work nicely. The
number of interfaces we removed is tiny and all specialist

> Try the 8-year-old Windows XP, and a recent program binary -- no problems.

I'm glad you are happy with Windows. I'd hate to have you on the same

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