[ python-Feature Requests-1510853 ] Add Windows 9x/ME (lack of) support information to README.TX

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Feature Requests item #1510853, was opened at 2006-06-22 20:36
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Category: Documentation
Group: None
>Status: Closed
>Resolution: Accepted
Priority: 5
Submitted By: ajaksu (ajaksu2)
Assigned to: A.M. Kuchling (akuchling)
Summary: Add Windows 9x/ME (lack of) support information to README.TX

Initial Comment:
I suggest that following informative note should be
added as a new sub-section in README.TXT's "Unsupported
systems" (which really needs mentioning MacOS 9). The
sub-section idea regards README.TXT only talking about
already unsupported platforms. 

As one of the few Windows 98 users that program in
Python AND installed the 2.5 beta1, I was greeted by
Tools/msi/msi.py's warning message. However, no further
information was available in the downloaded release or
in the online beta documents (What's New, release
notes, etc.).

Best regards,
Daniel Diniz

Warning on install in Windows 98 and Windows Me

Following Microsoft's closing of Extended Support for
Windows 98/ME (July 11, 2006), Python 2.6 will stop
supporting these platforms. Python development and
maintainability becomes easier (and more reliable) when
platform specific code targeting OSes with few users
and no dedicated expert developers is taken out. The
vendor also warns that the OS versions listed above
"can expose customers to security risks" and recommends
upgrade. For a more detailed discussion regarding
no-longer-supported and resupporting platforms, as well
as a list of platforms that became or will be
unsupported, see PEP 11.

Current behavior
The Python 2.5 installer presents a warning message on
those systems: "Warning: Python 2.5.x is the last
Python release for Windows 9x."

Suggested readings
PEP 11: Removing support for little used platforms
End of support for Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows
XP Service Pack 1

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>Comment By: Martin v. Löwis (loewis)
Date: 2006-07-24 07:06

Logged In: YES 

Thanks for the suggestion. I added the text (in some form)
to README in r50794.


Comment By: Georg Brandl (gbrandl)
Date: 2006-06-22 20:59

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