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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-02-02 16:54:47

Loïc Joly <loic.actarus.joly_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Martin Bonner a écrit :
>> From: David Maisonave
>>>The poll results were suprising.
>> I was responding specifically to the implication that it was suprising
>> that the percentages added to >100%.
>>>I would have thought by now there
>>>would be more developers using 7.1/8.0 than 6.0.
>>>If Boost decides to stop supporting VC++ 6.0, or reduce support, than
>>>they're going to exclude at lot of developers.
>> Not really. Changing boost library version is probably less painful
>> than changing compiler version, but I wouldn't do either without
>> compelling reason.
>> VC6 users can use boost 1.33.1 (or perhaps even 1.34), and that isn't
>> going to suddenly stop working just because 1.35 doesn't support VC6.
> No, but if I know that in boost 1.35, some of the bugs that are
> pesterring me have been corrected, but I cannot use these fixes, I would
> have to face one choice :
> - Upgrading my compiler, that may be inconvenient
> - Correcting boost myself, that is not why I use an external library
> - Use only home made stuff, less generic, less adaptable, but that I can
> support
> As far as I understand (please tell me if I'm wrong), there is only one
> supported version of boost.

What do you mean by "supported?"

> If I discover a bug in boost::xx, next
> version of boost will have the correction, but the correction will not
> be back-ported to older versions, even if the bug was already there.

Not necessarily so. We could decide to do a 1.33.2 release.

Dave Abrahams
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