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Windows test platforms
I'm going to build a set of Windows installations to run buildbot on. But
finding the right set of versions to do this is a challenge. There are so many
versions of Windows that it's impossible to get even close to the full set of
them. So I'd like to have a good set of systems that pretty much cover most
The buildbot system will work in three parts. One will build a set of
installable packages - for now probably just a zip file. Another will install
these packages and test them on clean systems. A third will do compilation
tests on OS/Compiler combinations.
Windows 2000 or earlier is not going to be done. I'm not sure about Windows
Server 2003. I'd like to skip XP, as MS cut support for it, but I think there
are too many live installations to do this yet.
For building the installable packages, I intend to use XP and Visual Studio
My list of systems to test the packages and do the compile + make test on
XP Pro 32 bit
Vista 32 bit
Windows 7 64 bit
Server 2008 64 bit
On XP, I'd install VC++ 2005, on the others VC++ 2008. When Visual Studio 2010
is out, I'll install that on Vista and one of the 64 bit systems.
This is four systems that does a very thin span of the incredible amount of
systems done by MS. (And people say there are a lot of Linux distributions.)
Does this make sense to you? Please let me know what you think.
Monty Program AB.