Opened 11 months ago

Closed 11 months ago

Last modified 11 months ago

#6798 task closed wontfix (wontfix)

Drop Windows XP Support in Twisted

Reported by: hawkowl Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: core Keywords:
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Description

Since Windows XP will be EOL for Microsoft "extended support" in April 2014, I think it would be wise to drop official support for it in Twisted as well, since it's currently hard to test for and very outdated.

Assuming the current rate of releases, this would put the XP EOL somewhere near Twisted 14.1.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 11 months ago by exarkun

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

I'm not sure what Microsoft support has to do with Twisted's decision to support or not support the platform.

Certainly, Microsoft support has *never* helped (or hindered) Twisted's efforts to support Windows XP.

It seems like a better metric to use to decide whether to support or not support Windows XP is how many people there are who want to use Twisted on Windows XP.

Casual searches reveal there are still about half a billion Windows XP users out there. Meanwhile, Windows 8 appears to be used by perhaps only a quarter as many people.

I suggest this ticket is either premature or not well considered. Please raise the issue in another forum for discussion. No doubt it will eventually be appropriate but it needs to be justified more than this ticket's description justifies it.

comment:2 Changed 11 months ago by therve

I don't want to waste time on that, but I don't see why the number of XP users is a better metric. To me the best metric is the number of contributors willing to use it and fix the problems, which has been 0 for a long time.

Without thinking about what dropping support would mean, I see that the windows XP buildbot slave has been red for as long as I can remember. Thus, I vote for moving that slave to the unsupported list.

comment:3 Changed 11 months ago by rgacote

My company is a fairly heavy user of Twisted on Windows and we still have a number of people using XP.

Having said that, our particular application needs to meet PCI Security Standards (credit cards) and Microsoft dropping support for XP also means the operating system is unable to meet PCI requirements. I'll likely have clients running Twisted on Windows for another year or so, but I have no problem not upgrading them to latest builds.

On the other hand, Windows Server 2003 is still pretty popular out there.
I now consider that our minimum deploy environment.

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