[scribus] scribus Digest, Vol 95, Issue 10

JLuc jluc at no-log.org
Fri Feb 12 20:36:11 UTC 2016

Le 12/02/2016 17:35, Craig Bradney a écrit :
>> I was all the more interested since it is also an ecological issue,
>> because new versions require more powerfull hardware very often.
> I'd be very interested to see what those ethical or ecological arguments are.
 > Long term release are typically about providing a more stable environment for companies or server operations.

Do i really need to explain that ?
Maybe you didnt read that sentence :
"new [software versions] versions require more powerfull hardware very often."
Not clear enough ?

Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

Everyday, the fear of security flaws drive Windows XP users to upgrade
when most of them is perfectly happy with their old OS - except malwares...
With a newer OS, many complain how slow and sluggish their computer has become ?
/me thinks of his mother...
They have no choice but to change computer.

Versions numbers increase, provide new features, and when this is not cared carefully, they require new hardware, eat 
bigger natural ressources, induce more waste.
That's why generaly speaking, reducing the lifespan of hardware is not ecological.
(that sounds obvious, he ! but i try to answer your question)

As for energy, sometime changing computer reduces the power consumption, when switching from an old desktop to a "green" 
laptop, but even so, most of the time the "grey energy" loss (required for ressources extraction and manufacturing and 
seller's shipping) is bigger than the energy gain during the life span. These are complex calculations that you can 
probably find on specialised site, in case common sense is not enough.

Anyway, free software aims to empower the user and give him freedom and choice.
The choice of not changing computer is worth being preciously cared for.


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