Backwards compatibility [Wishlist, not initiative]

I know that this topic was discussed before, and not once. Yet if I would raise core initiative, it will be about backwards compatibility.
We love Drupal for the cool new stuff. Regretfully, this cool new stuff automatically marks old stuff, which we believed to be cool just yesterday, as outdated. This happens again and again, and there are already signs that Drupal 8 will not be an exception.
I fully understand that there are serious reasons for making changes in core that are not compatible with existing code. From the other hand, what's the use in brand new shining core, packed with blows and whistles, if it is not supported by contrib?
The wider adoption of Drupal will go, the worse the compatibility problem will become. Need to rewrite own custom code every 3 years or so can kill the small company, and force enterprise to choose more "stable" platform.
The question is, is it possible to innovate, but allow existing code to run even in the new environment?
If it is possible to have in D8 core optional compatibility layer, which will allow D7 modules to work as if they are in D7 core? For sites built from scratch for D8, this will not have any overhead, but make upgrade path much smoother.

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Ever since I was literally forced to work with drupal, I have always wondered about the following:

  1. What if I would be able to call CI controllers directly from my drupal functions/hooks, etc.
  2. What if I would be able to load anything I want into drupal and everything that's in the CI autoload automatically ?
  3. What if I would not change anything to the CI core so that CI may be uupdated at all times ?
  4. What if I would be able to call any Drupal API function inside my CI controllers ? Any Drupal function.
  5. What if I would be able to manage URI routing using both CI and Drupal.
  6. What if I would be able to setup a Drupal hook_menu() item, and that menu item's path would automagically call one of my CI controllers/method ?

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Step 1: Installing the drupal module.

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