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Subject: Re: [boost] [1.51][Release] Short release cycle
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-06-29 10:39:41

Sergey Cheban wrote:
> On 29.06.2012 17:30, Lars Viklund wrote:
> > There's a lot of compilers that Boost still pretends to
> > care about. It would be very unfortunate if we devolve into
> > just targetting the "popular" few.
> I think that Boots should support not the "popular" compilers
> but the modern ones. The users of the old compilers may use
> the old versions of Boost.
> The existence of old and unpopular compilers should not
> prevent the Boost from using the modern language features.
> Note that these compilers will never disappear.

Boost cannot afford to be so purist or there will be few that use our libraries. We do, and must, drop support for old compilers.

We should permit individual libraries to target only very recent compilers, if the library author so chooses and there is good reason. However, that's not the same as all of Boost supporting only very recent compilers.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer using std::disclaimer;
Dev Tools & Components
Susquehanna International Group, LLP


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