Preserving Backward Compatibility
"When a project hits a certain point in its life cycle, the unpleasant issue of backward compatibility begins to rear its ugly head. All of a sudden the changes introduced in a new release of the software have a dark side to them; they hold hidden possibilities that will break something one of your users depends on. This is true in both open and closed source projects, but in the open source world it seems that the community has spent less time worrying about it than in the closed source world."
(Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )
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