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[RFC] Officially drop support for Windows '9X and NT 4.0 with Subversion 1.6

From: Bert Huijben <B.Huijben_at_competence.biz>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 16:10:24 +0200


Subversion 1.5 started using MultiByteToWideChar for its utf-8
conversions on Windows, this made subversion incompatible with Windows
'95. Theoretically we might still support Windows NT 4.0 and Windows
'98, but I haven't heard seen user reports on them in a long time.
(The only recent issue I can remember was a sspi initialization issue on
NT 4.0 that didn't get much attention).

I know my binaries (SlikSVN) don't support anything less than Windows
2000 and CollabNet only certifies theirs for Windows XP+.

Why don't we document Subversion 1.6 to require at least Windows 2000?

Microsoft dropped normal support on Windows '98 on July 11, 2006 and on
NT 4.0 on January 1, 2005.

This would at least allow us to remove the dynamic loading for the
crypto-api and maybe also from the NTLM/SSPI support.


(Cygwin, 'the linux like environment for Windows' and probably the last
subversion binaries source, will drop Windows '9X support in their next
major release (1.7.0))

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