[Development] Stop delivering 32 bit MinGW binaries from 5.12 ->

André Hartmann andre.hartmann at iseg-hv.de
Tue Jan 2 09:30:55 CET 2018

Hi Jani and Roland,

First: Happy New Year to all!

Am 21.12.2017 um 11:59 schrieb Roland Winklmeier:
> 2017-12-21 11:37 GMT+01:00 Jani Heikkinen <jani.heikkinen at qt.io 
> <mailto:jani.heikkinen at qt.io>>:
>     With Qt 5.11 it seems we can finally drop MSVC2013 so we could
>     "temporarily" add MinGW 64 bit pre-build binaries in our packages in
>     addition to 32 bit ones and remove 32 bit MinGW pre-built binaries
>     from 5.12 onwards. Making this decision now would complete this
>     discussion finally and still give users time to move from 32 bit to
>     64 bit ones...
> Hi Jani,
> adding MinGW 64 bit sounds great. I would prefer to keep the MinGW 32 
> bit ones too, because there are several projects which are plugins to 
> host applications in 32 bit. So sometimes its not in the scope of the 
> developer to change his project to 64 bit. Please keep that in mind.

I fully acknowledge this!

> I personally use MSVC2017 together with MSVC2015 32 bit binaries for the 
> published product. But I regularly use MinGW for daily development. 
> Other people might prefer MinGW over MSVC for published products though.
> So 32 bit software projects are still very common on Windows platforms.

And not to forget, 32 bit Windows programs run without problems on 64 
bit Windows systems; the opposite is not true.

Best regards,

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