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Re: Perl 5.11.1 released

by sir_lichtkind (Friar)
on Oct 21, 2009 at 20:00 UTC ( #802518=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl 5.11.1 released

why end NT4 support if other server OS, that is still used a bit in business if other *nixes withe compareable installbase are still suported?


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Comment on Re: Perl 5.11.1 released
Re^2: Perl 5.11.1 released
by Corion (Pope) on Oct 21, 2009 at 20:04 UTC

    Because nobody is running tests for NT4. It's not that newer Perl releases won't run on NT4, but there is nobody testing the compilation of Perl on NT4, and thus it falls out of the observable universe of Perl.

    For Win9x, the situation is even worse, not only is there nobody testing, but even building on Win9x is impossible due to command.com being the shell. Dropping Win9x support has the actual benefit of being able to drop some dynamic loading of API functions and thus simplifying some conditional code.

Re^2: Perl 5.11.1 released
by ikegami (Pope) on Oct 21, 2009 at 20:21 UTC

    Surely it's because there is a lack of resources to support it. I'm sure they would support it if they could.

    It doesn't mean that Perl won't run on NT4. It doesn't mean that fixes for NT4 will be ignored.

    It means they have no way of knowing whether NT4 is broken or they don't currently have the means to fix it if it does break.


    There is another possibility: Dropping support for NT4 will allow them to simplify code by using features introduced in a newer OS.

    It may be possible to emulate those features in NT4, but if so, noone has indicated the capability and will to do so.

Re^2: Perl 5.11.1 released
by sir_lichtkind (Friar) on Oct 21, 2009 at 20:28 UTC
Re^2: Perl 5.11.1 released
by ikegami (Pope) on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:59 UTC
    And then there's the likelyhood that someone running an OS older than Perl 5.6 isn't going to be installing Perl 5.12.

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