[Development] Dropping XP?

Jonathan Liu net147 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 06:27:38 CET 2013

On 10 December 2013 18:34, Koehne Kai <Kai.Koehne at digia.com> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: development-bounces+kai.koehne=digia.com at qt-project.org
>> [mailto:development-bounces+kai.koehne=digia.com at qt-project.org] On
>> Behalf Of Thiago Macieira
>> Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 11:24 PM
>> To: development at qt-project.org
>> Subject: [Development] Dropping XP?
>> As Kenneth reminds us[1], Microsoft is ending the security updates for
>> Windows XP in April 2014. That's about when we plan to release Qt 5.3.
> Actually ANGLE (one of the OpenGL backends we have for Windows) doesn't support Windows XP already now, which is why e.g. Qt Creator 3.0 will not support it either in 5.2.

Another option would be to build Qt Creator 3.0 for Windows using
desktop OpenGL and have an option in the installer to install the Mesa
LLVMpipe software renderer. I have written some instructions for cross
compiling Mesa for Windows here:


>> Should we stop supporting Windows XP? Is there anything we can improve in
>> our codebase if we do?
> I don't know about the codebase, but given the feedback for Qt Creator there are still a lot of people using XP even as a development platform ... so I'd expect quite some backslash if we completely drop support for Windows XP, at least for 'traditional' QWidget based apps.
> My 2 cents
> Kai

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