Re: Of course releases are slow..
>The application is pretty much un-maintainable
Although Scott Gilbertson seemed to be up to the task
> underlying infrastructure is obsolete and will therefore be crumbling
Crumbling? An odd idea even when applied to old hardware, but software? "This 'if' statement was written 20 years ago, the bits must be starting to flake apart by now".
> What happens if the execution environment has security issues or does not function in the next version of $OS?
You do just what everyone would expect: test on the next OS version asap - if it *does* have trouble then you start the deliberate process of replacing the application (by re-coding it or getting an equivalent product in or...) - or decide that the cost doesn't warrant the work and look for a different approach to fulfill the business needs. All done before you roll the new OS out to production systems.