[Python-Dev] PEP 11: Dropping support for ten year old systems

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Dec 6 20:25:56 CET 2010

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? Is there much XP specific stuff in the current xp/vista/7 code?

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".

Terry Jan Reedy

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