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Subject: Re: [boost] Windows XP support survey
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-05-07 11:28:02

On 7 May 2015 at 15:09, Thomas Trummer wrote:

> The sad reality in a lot of industries is that we still have to support
> Windows XP for the foreseeable future. Though, I understand the desire to
> drop support for it. Believe me, everyone would be more than happy to just
> require Windows 7 as default and be done with it.

It's not just that. Nobody is testing XP support works.

> So, as long as a Visual C++ version supported by Boost can build for
> Windows XP and there isn’t a significant cost attached to it, Boost should
> also continue to support Windows XP.

I think those wanting Boost to support XP should:

1. Pay for or supply to Boost a test server running Windows XP which
runs Boost regression tests. This test server will need the extended
Microsoft maintenance contract, or some sort of automatic KVM
snapshot rollback to stop nasties getting onto it.

2. If everyone really needing XP compatibility were to donate $5000
to Boost via its donation page every year, I am sure that would be
taken into account by the community and someone might step up to
maintain a XP support distro. Asking for free of cost work supporting
legacy platforms I think already happens far too much.


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