[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] [Vote] Drop Windows XP support
michael at niedermayer.cc
Thu Dec 14 17:01:55 EET 2017
On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 02:26:31PM +0100, wm4 wrote:
> I propose that FFmpeg sets the minimum supported Windows version to
> Windows Vista (or maybe Windows 7). This would remove Windows XP
> 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.
> We should drop XP support, and allow unconditional use of Windows Vista
> 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).
I dont remember anyone opposing "droping XP support", I have to wonder
why there is a vote on something, noone (that i remember) objected
to. At least not recently.
Michael GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB
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