[Python-Dev] Windows 2000 Support

Brian Curtin brian.curtin at gmail.com
Tue May 3 20:39:40 CEST 2011

On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 19:39, Brian Curtin <brian.curtin at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 16:14, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de>wrote:
>> Am 01.05.2011 22:51, schrieb Brian Curtin:
>> > I'm currently writing a post about the process of removing OS/2 and VMS
>> > support and thought about a discussion of Windows 2000 some time
>> > back.
>> http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2010-March/098074.html makes
>> > a proposal for beginning to walk away from 2000, but doesn't appear to
>> > come to any conclusion.
>> >
>> > Was anything decided off the list? I don't see anything in PEP-11 and
>> > don't see any changes in the installer made around Windows 2000.
>> That's what you get for not following your own processes. It seems the
>> discussion just stopped, with no action. I vaguely recall having made
>> changes to the installer to produce a warning, but apparently never
>> got to commit these changes.
>> > If nothing was decided, should anything be done for 3.3?
>> Most certainly. It seems we missed the chance of dropping support for
>> W2k, so we still can't actively remove any code. However, I'd
>> a) add it to PEP 11, and
>> b) add a warning to the installer
>> I stand by
>> http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2010-March/098101.html
>> i.e. if there are patches that happen not to work on W2k, I'd accept
>> them anyway - anybody interested in W2k would then have to provide
>> fixes before 3.3rc1.
>> So please go ahead and change PEP 11. While you are at it, also threaten
>> to remove support for systems where the COMSPEC points to command.com
>> (#2405).
> Done and done - http://hg.python.org/peps/rev/b9390aa12855
> I'll have a look at the installer and add some type of message.

It turns out that you did make the change at some point for 2.7 being the
last, but there was no corresponding 3.x version chosen.
http://hg.python.org/cpython/rev/de53c52fbcbf changed the installer to list
3.3.0 as the last Windows 2000 release on the default branch.
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