Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Sat Aug 22 06:37:46 CEST 2015

On Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 6:32:56 AM UTC+5:30, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 9:53 AM,  sohcahtoa82 wrote:
> > On Friday, August 21, 2015 at 3:42:36 PM UTC-7, hamilton wrote:
> >> On 8/21/2015 1:41 PM, Chris Angelico wrote:
> >> > Python 3.5 does not support Windows XP.
> >>
> >> Is there a simple explanation for this ?
> >>
> >> Or is it just is.
> >
> > I have no relationship with the Python developers, but I would say that running such an old operating system is simply irresponsible due to security issues and should be discouraged in any way possible.
> >
> > Windows XP is 14 years old.  In the computing world, that's *ancient*.  It's time to upgrade and join the modern world.
> The security concerns of XP aren't Python's problem, and Python isn't
> in the business of twisting people's arms to make them upgrade just
> for the sake of upgrading. However, every new version of Windows
> introduces new APIs and features, so maintaining support for an older
> version means ignoring all features added since then; conversely,
> dropping support for XP means taking advantage of anything that was
> added in Vista. That's why the change in support.

And it can cost a pretty penny: when someone upgrades from XP (say) to 
something modern like Windows 10 it almost certainly requires buying a new machine.

One of the charms of linux used to be (dunno how true today) that it could
run reasonably well on extremely underpowered hardware

More information about the Python-list mailing list