In my paper "Transferring old analog videotapes to a new digital medium", I
have a solution for the annual upgrading of Operating Systems. You may not
like some of my suggestions but I believe that archives can survive better if
they don't worry about the latest software "upgrades".
No matter what approach an archivist takes, they must check that every format
in the archive can still be played.
My paper can be downloaded from my website: