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[bug-gnulib] Re: stdint_.h update

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: [bug-gnulib] Re: stdint_.h update
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 11:39:38 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (windows-nt)

> * Bruno Haible <address@hidden> [2005-05-23 16:50:25 +0200]:
> I try to support at least older versions up to ca. 3 years old, so that I
> don't get too many failure reports from people who installed their system
> 2 or 3 years ago. "3 years" is related to the average lifetime of a PC.

this might be a good idea for OSes (linux, woe &c) because an OS upgrade
is something people may be reluctant to do too often.

cygwin is different: cygwin update does not even require a reboot
(start setup.exe, click "next" 6 times, you are done).
people often do it weekly and older version are explicitly unsupported.
e.g., after 1.5.11 is out, people who report _any_ problem with 1.5.10
are told to upgrade without even looking at the problem.

Supporting cygwin older than 2-3 months is an eminent waste of time.
(like backporting readline 5 to run on ms dos 2.0)

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