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Re: [PATCH] system-type cygwin with window-system w32

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: [PATCH] system-type cygwin with window-system w32
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:24:02 -0700
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On 7/18/2011 3:08 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:
>     I don't recall that discussion.  Can we reopen it?  According to [1],
>     Windows 98 has a market share of 0.03%.
> That must be hundreds of thousands of people.

~300,000 if we assume 1 billion people worldwide.  That's still
miniscule in proportion --- and of those 300,000, how many are savvy
enough to be Emacs users?

If there _are_ any remaining Windows 9X Emacs users, dropping 9X support
will be doing them a favor: using an OS that doesn't receive security
updates is terribly dangerous.  Besides, they'll always have Emacs 24
and below.

> We should not be in a hurry to delete code that is already in Emacs
> and might be useful for someone.

The code will always be there in the version control history.

On 7/18/2011 3:08 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:
> What is meant by "going all Unicode"?  That sounds like a drastic
> change.

Not really --- Each Windows API comes in two versions: an "ANSI" one
that accepts strings using legacy character encoding and a "Unicode" one
that accepts UTF-16LE strings.  All we have to do is start calling the
latter functions instead of the former.

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