[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] [Vote] Drop Windows XP support

Steven Liu lq at chinaffmpeg.org
Thu Dec 14 16:27:12 EET 2017

> 在 2017年12月14日,下午10:12,Hendrik Leppkes <h.leppkes at gmail.com> 写道:
>> On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:26 PM, wm4 <nfxjfg at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> I propose that FFmpeg sets the minimum supported Windows version to
>> Windows Vista (or maybe Windows 7). This would remove Windows XP
>> support.
>> The reason is that Windows XP does not provide certain convenient APIs,
>> in particular locking primitives that map well to pthread. There are
>> other problems, such as upstream projects dropping XP support, and
>> developers not being able to test.
>> Dropping it has advantages for us. For example, it would allow is to
>> rewrite the messy locking code for AVCodec registration, which has been
>> a topic recently.
>> Microsoft ended all support for Windows XP on January 31, 2009. That's
>> almost a decade ago. There is a lack of security updates, which makes
>> merely using Windows XP dangerous. There is no reason to put so much
>> effort into supporting an old, unsupported OS.
> End of Extended Support was April 8, 2014, but still already 3.5 years ago.
>> We should drop XP support, and allow unconditional use of Windows Vista
>> APIs.
>> I'm also casting an internal vote to probe for support (this vote is
>> meant for members of the FFmpeg voting committee only).
>> The subject of the vote is:
>>  Should we drop support for Windows XP starting in git master and the
>>  next FFmpeg major release?
>> Current release branches are explicitly unaffected.
>> My own vote on this issue is "yes" (assuming I still have a right for a
>> vote, I really don't know).
> Yes, absolutely.
Yes too
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