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Re: Cross-platform availability of header files

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Cross-platform availability of header files
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:15:28 -0700
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On 03/14/2013 08:18 PM, Zack Weinberg wrote:

> we should try to come up with a principled cutoff for how old is too old

A good rule of thumb is: if the maintainer doesn't fix bugs in
the software any more, it's too old.  So, for example, in March 2012
Oracle stopped fixing bugs in Solaris 8, which means Solaris 8 is
now too old.  Solaris 9 is scheduled to become too old in October 2014,
and so forth.

According to this guideline, recent releases of AIX and HP-UX are not too old:
their bugs are fixed and people are using them.

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