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Robust doesn't necessarily mean secure. Robust means it doesn't break when you get it to do something it is supposed to do.
See the message elsewhere regarding the Calculator program that crashes if you select scientific mode![^]
It may or may not be more secure, that remains to be seen.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Yeah, linux is continually updateable and you don't have to pull out your wallet to keep current.
My main beef is that they drop significant functionality with their upgrades, and generally change things gratuitously too much. Oh yeah and make you pay again for what you are forced to upgrade.
[Rant]Until 60 days ago, I had a Vista machine that I was perfectly happy with. I resisted upgrades because it was my main mail machine, and the Vista mail client supported POP3, which I use by choice; I do not want my mail in the cloud. I would have gone to Windows 7 but that mail client dropped POP3. Same with Windows 8 (which I would not have gone to anyhow), 8.x, 9 (whatever) and 10. I have now reluctantly gone to Win10 and use a third party mail client that I don't really like. I had to pay for the update, and now it seems I have to pay again for MS Office (and Visual Studio and a few other things). I resent all of these upgrade fees. I don't use any more MS Office functionality than was present in the very first version they came out with in the 1980s. There are no new features that I feel the need to pay for. Don't get me started on the ribbon.[/Rant]
From my point of view it means that when you want to upgrade to the next version, you can for free
So you're just expecting a free lunch in perpetuity?
without having to do a clean install
In-place upgrades have certainly been supported for a very, very long time. In fact I remember reading some article by some guy who, just for sh*t and giggles, installed Windows 3.1 in a VM, then upgraded it to 95, then 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 (I think that was still the latest back then), just to see what settings would get preserved and what would get lost. At no point is there any requirement to clean install, unless you're moving from 32- to 64-bits, but then I'm pretty sure Linux offers no such upgrade option either. But I could obviously be wrong on that, given the number of distributions, I wouldn't be surprised if some did, others didn't.
or pay for new versions of existing apps that you already own.
That's up to the individual app vendors. I'm assuming since you're on this site, you're a software developer - does that include the apps you've written and selling yourself?
And don't forget being just one drive away, so you can actually go home to see the family every weekend if you want.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
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