[webkit-dev] minimum python version to support

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Thu Mar 4 12:50:35 PST 2010

On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On Mar 4, 2010, at 12:17 PM, Eric Seidel wrote:
>> I think we should ignore Tiger for the purposes of this discussion.
> We (Apple) still need to do development on Tiger. We would strongly prefer
> that WebKit's tools work on Tiger.

I certainly don't wish to make your job any harder (than I'm sure it
already is).

But as Jeremy noted: one of the Python scripts are yet
infrastructure-critical (like build-webkit), nor do I see them
becoming so sooner than months away.  I think it would make sense to
re-visit the "should we support Tiger" argument if we ever think about
replacing things like build-webkit with something that doesn't work on
Tiger. (I can't imagine Apple will need to be supporting Tiger for
much longer anyway.)

Holding future-looking project tools hostage by a
likely-soon-to-be-deprecated [1] legacy OS, seems counter-productive.
So I still think we should ignore it for the purposes of this
particular discussion.


1.  Looking historically, Apple has dropped OS support for all but the
current and last OS with new software releases.  Given that Safari 4
announced June 2008 (21 months ago), I can't imagine we won't see a
Safari 5 (dropping Tiger support) "soon".  But I don't work at Apple,
and such is just wild speculation on my part.

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