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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-17 13:18:11

"Boost" <boost_at_[hidden]> writes:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Victor A. Wagner,
> Jr.
> Sent: 17 February 2004 06:58
> To: Boost mailing list
> Subject: Re: [boost] Re: 1.31.0 regressions
> I won't waste bandwidth by getting into rant mode,
> rut I agree that the time has come to no longer
> encourage developers to support the obselete compilers.

AFAIK, there is no Boost policy of encouraging support for old
compilers (they're not obsolete yet, unfortunately). Each developer
makes his own choices in response to user demand.

> If the code works on VC 6, fine: if not, tough.
> As Victor A. Wagner rightly observes,
> we all pay something for continuing support.
> Those still using the obselete must balance the value
> of the newer Boost items with the upgrade costs.

I expect that dropping vc6 support in Boost.Python in the next couple
of years would significantly reduce its audience, so I can't justify
it, (maybe not until Python's standard Windows distribution drops VC6
also). That fact has caused me to implement vc6 support in other
libraries that Boost.Python depends on. Thereafter, if the library
breaks, it's a regression. It's viral :(

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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