Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#13755 new task

Declare that Windows XP and earlier are not officially supported.

Reported by: yawning Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone: Tor: unspecified
Component: Core Tor/Tor Version: Tor: unspecified
Severity: Normal Keywords: tor-relay, windows, documentation, deprecation
Cc: mcs Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:

Description

The actual cleanup parts of this are at #11444 and #11445.

To be specific, Windows XP and below are officially EOL and support for those targets may break in the future. This fact should be documented formally somewhere.

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Change History (13)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by mcs

Cc: mcs added

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by Noino

Why stop building and testing for Windows 98, 2000, XP ? Lazyness ?

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by nickm

Milestone: Tor: 0.2.6.x-finalTor: 0.2.7.x-final

If only we were lazy! That would make all our problems easy to fix: we would only have to work harder.

Unfortunately, we are working at capacity, and we need to decide where to spend our time to provide the most benefit. Since Windows XP is very old (13 years), and no longer getting patches, it's not a good target for folks who'd like to remain secure.

And testing for old releases and earlier doesn't come free. Maintaining compatibility with ancient versions of Windows prevents us from using various features provided by newer releases, or makes it require more effort to do so.

That said, I don't think that this is the series where we should drop XP. It's still got something like a 17% market share among desktop users, even though everybody running it really should have upgraded some while ago. So I'll defer this to 0.2.7.

But as for dropping Windows 98 and 2000, that's an even clearer case. Right now, according to most surveys, they amount to less than a twentieth of a percent of desktops on the internet, between them.

comment:4 in reply to:  3 Changed 5 years ago by win98

Replying to nickm:

But as for dropping Windows 98

win98 forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by win98

I'll create tor fork with win98 support!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Join me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Status: newassigned

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Keywords: 027-deferrable added
Milestone: Tor: 0.2.7.x-finalTor: 0.2.???

We need to look at our install-base here, probably.

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by teor

Milestone: Tor: 0.2.???Tor: 0.3.???

Milestone renamed

comment:9 Changed 3 years ago by nickm

Keywords: tor-03-unspecified-201612 added
Milestone: Tor: 0.3.???Tor: unspecified

Finally admitting that 0.3.??? was a euphemism for Tor: unspecified all along.

comment:10 Changed 2 years ago by nickm

Keywords: tor-03-unspecified-201612 removed

Remove an old triaging keyword.

comment:11 Changed 2 years ago by nickm

Keywords: 027-deferrable removed

comment:12 Changed 2 years ago by nickm

Status: assignednew

Change the status of all assigned/accepted Tor tickets with owner="" to "new".

comment:13 Changed 2 years ago by nickm

Keywords: deprecation added
Severity: Normal
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