In <20090526142918.GC5158@cat.rubenette.is-a-geek.com>, lee wrote: >On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 01:17:16PM -0500, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote: >> Use the old software. It might not run on the latest release of Debian, >> but it should run on whatever version you had before. Older releases >> are maintained in the archive, and you can archive whatever you need >> yourself if you don't want to depend on the Debian infrastructure. >> >> No one is forced to upgrade, but support does dwindle for a product over >> time. > >Where do you find the old software? "Older releases are maintained in the archive" >How do you get it to run on >contemporary hardware? Run it on the hardware you were running it on before. We are talking about accessing the data for the purpose of migration; you should still have the hardware (and software) you are migrating from. >Or do you suggest to rent old hardware from a >museum to install 15 or 20 year old software on it to make your data >accessible? Find your local LUG and ask around. I can virtually guarantee that there someone with a storage unit full of old hardware they are keeping for some reason. Even better if you have a local FreeGeek. >Or are you suggesting to rent storage space to pile up old >hardware? If that's what you need to keep your data safe. I certainly don't suggest running on hardware platform that you can't maintain (which includes acquiring replacement parts). >That would require you to buy everything new, including hard >disks, for example, when upgrading your hardware, and that's something >I never did. That's not true. It might mean you have to multi-task hardware during the transition, but I generally don't buy everything new either. Gradual upgrades are much preferable. >And who guarantees that 30 year old hardware you kept in >storage will still work when you need it? You do. -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. firstname.lastname@example.org ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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