[OpenAFS] End of life for Windows 2000?

Douglas E. Engert deengert@anl.gov
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:59:19 -0600

On 11/20/2010 4:54 PM, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> None of the modern development tools for Windows support the Windows 2000 platform.  At present, we are jumping through hoops to continue building OpenAFS such that it can run on Windows 2000 through
> Win7/2008-R2.  To make this happen we must build using a 32-bit compiler not newer than Visual Studio 2005 and a SDK not newer than version 6.0 (Vista).
> This results in several negative impacts on the OpenAFS windows development:
>     * In practice, the 64-bit and 32-bit openafs.org release binaries are not built with the same tool chain
>     * OpenAFS is at present using compilers that are two release cycles behind the most recent tools
>     * OpenAFS currently requires compilers and SDKs that are no longer available without a Visual Studio Professional with MSDN subscription (~US$1200/year/developer)
>     * Restricting feature use to the Windows 2000 platform compatibility limits the ability to take advantage of new features that are available only on XP and above.  The most important of which are
>       side-by-side library assemblies.

I agree target XP SP3 and above.

> Windows 2000 is now more than ten years old.  If your organization would be significantly impacted by removing support for Windows 2000, please let us know.  My personal opinion is that it is time to
> declare Windows 2000 unsupported.

No problem here.

> Jeffrey Altman


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