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From Graeme Johnson <Graeme_John...@ca.ibm.com>
Subject Re: [general] platform support
Date Wed, 09 Aug 2006 18:00:30 GMT
"Oleg Khaschansky" <oleg.v.khaschansky@gmail.com> wrote on 08/09/2006 
01:25:54 PM:
> Maybe [1] will give some additional info.
> It is out of the context of DRLVM discussion, but awt uses GDI+
> extensively. According to [1] GDI+ is not available on w2k.
> 
> [1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-
> us/sdkintro/sdkintro/windows_xp.asp

The SWT FAQ mentions that the same issue, and recommends the 
following GDI+ redistributable from Microsoft: 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a63ab9c-df12-4d41-933c-be590feaa05a&DisplayLang=en

A quick look at Microsoft's support site indicates that Windows 
2000 will be in extended support until 2010, so it'll be around
for some time yet.  So this is worth getting right.

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&x=18&y=15&p1=3071

IMO having a single distribution that works across OS versions 
and does the runtime-check to select platform specific code 
automatically would be easier for most users.  This approach also 
allows you to tune for performance by detecting and leveraging 
knowledge about the hardware (e.g. SMP vs UP optimizations).

/Graeme

Graeme Johnson
J9 VM Team, IBM Canada
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