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Why are any hardwares and softwares fail to provide more than a few years of support (or even usability)?

patarapolw profile image Pacharapol Withayasakpunt ・1 min read

Usually at most 3 years, I think, and probably more severe for non-opensource or non-free products (including hardware drivers and software storage formats).

Breaking backward compatibility after every major updates is another thing, like what Microsoft Office did. Not sure if online, subscription-based softwares will exacerbate the problems.

The only reason I can be sure of an 8-year-old laptop, is because of Linux.

I also find later that my 3-year-old MacBook Air hardwares cannot be replaced or upgraded -- it is fixed to the mainboard.

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Depends on what model you g
Get. I use a 2014 Mac Pro with 32gb of ram. It has never had an issue and owned for a few years now. Its now vintage. But generally this problem is becuase of closed architecture and API. Sometimes when an employee leaves am org so does the product. When Corporation and other humans start treating each other as not disposable. You will see a higher stability.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt Author

A Quoran actually answered good.

quora.com/Why-do-any-hardware-and-...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obso...

In short, unless there is a social movement...