[Interest] Apologies on the "bloat" thread (a.k.a yes Windows is still important)

Christoph Cullmann cullmann at absint.com
Thu Apr 11 07:24:07 CEST 2013


> 1) the overwhelming majority of Windows downloads are of the pre-compiled
>    binaries and have been for as long as I can remember, so we will continue
>    to invest time to make that better, easier, more efficient
>    That's why we're now going to ship an MSVC2012 64-bit build, a non-ANGLE
>    build, and we've worked with the MinGW community to come up with a decent
>    distribution of theirs that can produce good-performance code.
A small problem with that is:

For many applications, people need to stick with MSVC2010 SP1, for both 32 & 64bit,
as only 2010 supports XP without a hassle and 2012 has ugly compiler bugs on IA32 (see the still
unresolved issue with libicu + optimizing 32bit builds, even with MSVC2012 update 2).

Therefore really a MSVC2010 SP1 32bit/64bit package would be nice to avoid having to toy
with two different MSVC's (+ SDKs) to just compile your application on Windows for both variants.
(or a MSVC2012 32bit/64bit combo with the XP support enabled, but I guess that is even more work and
the compiler bugs might be an issue)


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