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Re: Should we drop XP?




On ons, 2015-04-01 at 16:48 +0300, Mart Raudsepp wrote:
> On K, 2015-04-01 at 14:33 +0200, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > On ons, 2015-04-01 at 13:31 +0100, Emmanuele Bassi wrote:
> > > Hi;
> > > 
> > > On 1 April 2015 at 13:26, Alexander Larsson <alexl@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > On ons, 2015-04-01 at 14:24 +0200, Emmanuel Briot wrote:
> > > >> > Just for reference, we've already had this discussion various times:
> > > >> >
> > > >> >  https://mail.gnome.org/archives/gtk-devel-list/2014-December/msg00055.html
> > > >> >  https://mail.gnome.org/archives/gtk-devel-list/2013-October/msg00145.html
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Thanks for the pointers by the way.
> > > >>
> > > >> I understand now that in both threads, the proposal is to drop XP support for glib.
> > > >> Does this have any impact on gtk+ itself (it seems to me that none of the API
> > > >> proposed in the two links above are used by gtk+) ?
> > > >> If that's pure glib, I withdraw my comments since I only use glib through what
> > > >> part of it is used by gtk+.
> > > >> Other users might have different use, of course.
> > > >
> > > > Well, a future version of gtk+ may pull in a dependency on a later
> > > > version of glib (which drops XP support)for some unrelated feature. This
> > > > would then make it hard to use that version of Gtk+ on XP.
> > > 
> > > If we want to keep GTK+ 2.24 working on Windows XP regardless of
> > > GLib's own support, then we could add a version check inside GTK+, or
> > > limit the build requirements, so that application developers still
> > > targeting Windows XP can know which versions of GLib can be used to
> > > build for that platform.
> > 
> > I don't see the point though. If you're on gtk2, just use an older glib.
> > The main reason to use a new glib is to be able to use a more recent
> > gtk3 that depends on it.
> 
> If gtk2 stops working with a newer glib2, we've seriously failed with
> it's supposed ABI guarantees.

That should not happen. However, a newer glib2 may not be buildable on
XP, so it would "break" in that sense.

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