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Re: [Qemu-devel] [QUESTION] SDL 1.2 support

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [QUESTION] SDL 1.2 support
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:41:26 +0100

On Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 12:17, Aleksandar Markovic
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello, Gerd, Daniel, and others involved.
> I have multiple reports from end users that say that transition from
> SDL 1.2 to SDL 2.0 was difficult, or even impossible for their hosts.
> In that light, they don't appreciate removing SDL 1.2 support from
> QEMU. The most notable example is Ubutnu 16.04, where it looks there
> is no way of installing SDL 2.0 that does not involve complete OS
> upgrade, which, for various reasons, many are not willing to do.

One of my build test machines is an Ubuntu 16.04 system
(specifically 16.04.6 LTS), and it has SDL2 installed
and the built test includes compiling the SDL2 UI. So I'm
not sure what's happening with your end users -- do you have
more detail on what their setup is and what isn't working for them ?

> It looks to me that depreciation of SDL 1.2 was a little premature. My
> humble opinion is that we should not look at release dates of
> libraries when we deprecate them, but release dates and end-of-support
> dates of major Linux distribution that include them.

That is indeed the way our deprecation policy is supposed to
work -- we care about the versions of libraries that distros
have shipped in their LTS, not what the upstream library
release schedule is.

-- PMM

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