You obviously have to draw the line somewhere and you mention perfectly valid reasons for abandoning an old platform. I don't expect newer modules to compile on my last surviving CentOS 4 box. (Running Oracle 9 for three old databases that won't run on anything else, good luck with installing that on a newer platform...)
In my opinion, this is a completely different from a developer simply wanting to use new and fancy features that don't exist on the majority of the servers where the language is in widespread use.
None of this is new ofcourse. Imagine where Windows could have been if MS hadn't bothered with backwards compatibility. It would probably have been 1/3 of the size, an order of magnitude faster, and installed on perhaps as many as 200 computers world-wide.
Time flies when you don't know what you're doing
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