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Subject: Re: [boost] Windows XP support survey
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-05-13 08:28:30

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Niall Douglas
> Sent: 07 May 2015 23:46
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] Windows XP support survey
> No, I'm saying individual libraries can refuse to build on XP if they choose after support is
> Even if Boost.Build sets _WIN32_WINNT to 0x601 (Win7), it should be the case that binaries still
> 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.

FWIW, +1 for this.

I suspect that the Boost libraries used by those stuck supporting XP code will not try to use any
new libraries, nor get bug fixes from older libraries, because they are now fully 'mature'.

If all else fails for them, they can freeze at a particular Boost version.


Paul A. Bristow
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