[vtkusers] [vtk-developers] Removing support for VS 8 and GCC < 4.1

David Cole DLRdave at aol.com
Wed Jun 10 11:47:23 EDT 2015

I agree, that did take longer than expected, Bill... Golfing good
already up there this year...? ;-)

Customers having products relying on older compilers should probably
also be relying on older VTK versions. Just sayin'...

As to Casey's pain, I'm curious whether it's a hobby project, or a
real live academic/business/government project. Whatever it is, I know
I personally don't want software built by VS 2005 on my 2015 machine.
Surprised that anybody else does either. (Having said that, I probably
already do have software like that installed and don't even know
it....)     ;-)

Good discussion -- I like this thread....


On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM, David E DeMarle
<dave.demarle at kitware.com> wrote:
> That took longer than expected Bill. :)
> Thanks for bringing up the counter argument Bill. Casey's pain demonstrates
> your point.
> Despite that my vote is for getting rid of old compilers sooner rather than
> later. Old compilers are a drag on both innovation and maintenance.
> Whatever we do I think the we need to clearly communicate what compilers we
> really are trying to support. This discussion and earlier ones on the
> mailing list help. The cmake macros people have discussed will help too. In
> practice the dashboards submitters define the set of compilers that people
> can expect to "just work". That set should be introspected and published
> automatically and expanded.
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