Am 06.12.2010 20:25, schrieb Terry Reedy:
On 12/6/2010 4:08 AM, "Martin v. Löwis" wrote:
For Windows and Solaris, it seems that some users continue to use the system after the vendor stops producing patches, and dislike the prospect of not having Python releases for it anymore. However, they are in clear minority, so by our current policy for minority platforms
I quite suspect that XP will be in major use (more than say, current BSD) for some years after MS stops official support. Why rush to drop it?
What rush to drop it, specifically? It will be supported as long as Microsoft provides patches, as per Nick's amendment. For Windows XP, the extended lifecycle support (end of security patches) will be on April 8, 2014. I wouldn't call that "rushing", at this point in time. By our current release pace, Python 3.5 might be the first release to not support XP anymore.
Is there much XP specific stuff in the current xp/vista/7 code?
I don't know; I haven't investigated unsupporting XP yet. I'm concerned about Windows 2000, at the moment.
It seems to me that the rule should be something like "around 10 years or end of support, as modified by popularity, the burden of continued support, the availability of test machines, and the availability of people".
In my original posting, I proposed a clause where support could be extended as long as an individual steps forward to provide that support. So if XP remains popular by the time Microsoft stops providing patches for it, some volunteer would have to step forward.