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Subject: Re: [boost] Windows XP support survey
From: Olaf van der Spek (ml_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-05-08 03:27:48

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 12:46 AM, Niall Douglas
<s_sourceforge_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On 7 May 2015 at 22:31, Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> > Incidentally, feelings on XP support seem very muted this time round,
>> > with everyone agreeing we should drop it after the next Boost
>> > release. I admit surprise on the consensus.
>> That might be too early. I, for one, object to artificially removing support
>> for XP, which is what you appear to propose. It's still an OS used by people,
>> so it's reasonable for app developers to target it, and having boost.config
>> error out on XP will be bad.
> No, I'm saying individual libraries can refuse to build on XP if they
> choose after support is dropped.
> Even if Boost.Build sets _WIN32_WINNT to 0x601 (Win7), it should be

Why 7 and not Vista?

> the case that binaries still generally compile and work on XP. If a
> library uses a Vista or later API, then the DLL or EXE would refuse
> to load. If not, they should work fine.
> What I'm suggesting is that notice is given that XP support is now
> down to each library maintainer's good wishes, and libraries are
> coming which won't support XP, and will never support XP.

I think XP should either be properly supported or it shouldn't be
supported period.


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