HEADSUP: ibcs2 and svr4 compat headed for history

Julian Elischer julian at elischer.org
Sun Jun 27 13:29:40 PDT 2004

On Sun, 27 Jun 2004, Karl M. Joch wrote:

> I think if one would ask the stable userbase there would be lot of 
> different answers. like for me, i tell customers they have a long live, 
> very stable OS for their servers where updates are easy and free and 
> they can stay always with the latest release. now i got the problem that 
> in the first step there was mails around, that the stallion drivers are 
> removed from the source tree. so i had to tell a lot of customers they 
> have to trash the stallion card they buyed because it was in the 
> hardware compatibility list. most was mad, because they have invested 
> the hardware after changing their systems from SCO to FreeBSD (we 
> replaced a lot of them). Now I have to tell them "Great, you trashed the 
> cards (not alot of them have), but you have to stay at 4.x because the 
> software (ERP/Financial/Billing) we moved from SCO to FreeBSD with IBCS 
> Emulation doesnt work on 5.x".
> No, I am not able to maintain the moduls because i am not a good enough 
> programmer. If that would be the case i would have adapted the stallion 
> stl driver.
> Flame me if you like, but from a users/intergrators point of view 
> breaking the backward compatibility that way is really worse for the 
> public image of the OS. And the answer "you are free to stay with 4.x" 
> is not an answer acceptable for customers.

This sounds like a compelling argument for keeping the emulation.
After all it's teh end-user that we have to consider.. 

> -- 
> Best regards / Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
> Karl M. Joch
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