POV-Ray : Newsgroups : povray.beta-test : Windows XP compatibility : Re: Windows XP compatibility Server Time
22 Sep 2021 04:19:37 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Windows XP compatibility  
From: clipka
Date: 18 Jul 2021 12:47:27
Message: <60f45b1f$1@news.povray.org>
Am 18.07.2021 um 17:24 schrieb HKarsten:
> By the way, I fully support Leroy at this point: PovRay is an old program. I am
> using it since 1991! And there are a lot of tools, running under DOS, Win95,
> Win2K.
> So what if you can run PovRay on Vista, or Win7 up to Win10 or Win11 only?
> Do you like to run an emulator within an emulator to run your tools one day?

The problem is that as time goes on, there comes a point where we want 
to add new features that we can't implement without breaking 
compatibility with (a) those old operatings systems and/or (b) even the 
newest build tools we can find that still target those operating systems.

One day, the Visual Studio 2017 toolkit will no longer be supported by 
Microsoft, and some time thereafter we will no longer have access to a 
sufficiently secure build environment featuring that piece of software. 
When that happens, that'll be the day when we will definitely have to 
cease supporting XP for good.

You just can't expect to forever have access to the latest and greatest 
new POV-Ray features on the oldest and coldest operating systems.


So what's the solution to continue to use those old tools? Well, use a 
matching POV-Ray version, obviously. One from those olden golden days.

That, or indeed run those tools under DOS-Box. I'm not sure how that 
emulator works, but it surely will have ways to export and import files 
from it, right?


But the point has been taken: There are still POV-Ray users out there 
who want XP support, so we'll see what we can do.

That's why we've asked.


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