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Re: EOL for Windows 95/98/Me
- From: Corinna Vinschen <corinna-cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin-apps at cygwin dot com, cygwin-developers at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 11:17:56 +0100
- Subject: Re: EOL for Windows 95/98/Me
- References: <20060724165926.GA17794@calimero.vinschen.de>
- Reply-to: cygwin-developers at cygwin dot com
On Jul 24 18:59, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> Now that Microsoft has finally dropped support for Windows 98 and Me,
> we're going to drop 9x support as well.
> What we're planning to do is this:
> The complete net distribution gets copied to a new place. This new
> place is the distro kept for people running 9x. There is no further
> development in this distribution. Maintainers may decide whether or not
> they apply fixes to the packages in the 9x distro, or keep it up to date
> at all.
> The "normal" net distribution will continue to be the normal distro. It
> might work on 9x, but there's no guarantee at all that it will continue
> to do so.
> The setup tool (hello setup developers?) should either be split into two
> versions, one for 9x, one for NT. Or the setup tool should choose the
> download path depending on the OS it's running on. Or something
> completely different.
> Comments? Ideas?
Btw., it just occured to me that I'd rather get rid of the 9x stuff in
the 1.7.0 DLL entirely. This would have visible advantages.
- The code size of the DLL would shrink by a good amount.
- The autoloading of functions could be reduced to the functions not
available on all NT versions. This would reduce the autoload overhead
by about 90%.
- The code complexity would be reduced enormously by stripping off at
least 50% of the `if (wincap.foo ()) tests. This would also have
some positive effects on the performance.
- Long 32K pathname support doesn't exist in 9x. So, when we switch
over to using the unicode functions for pathnames, we would have a
lot of avoidable hassle to keep 9x running at all.
You're all convinced, right?
Corinna Vinschen Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader cygwin AT cygwin DOT com