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[wmvs] Prerequisites, Minimum Versions, Platforms?

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 11:57:41 +0200
To: QA Dev <public-qa-dev@w3.org>
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Speaking of mod_include…

We've discussed moving to a minimum required Perl version of 5.8.n (n >= 3),
but it occurs to me that we'd be able to derive a little cruft-reduction by
requiring Apache2 and mod_include on the web server side[0].

This would of course mean we're firmly comitted to Apache as the web server,
as opposed to “anything that provides CGI”, but I wonder if this isn't the
case anyway. Has anyone actually tried running this under non-Apache servers?

And if we're requiring Apache2, possibly it might make sense to require
mod_perl2 while we're at it; which would let us target the code at that
(instead of healf-heartedly trying to make it sorta work, sometimes).


That may be going too far, but it bears discussion.


In a similar vein, I wonder what people feel are the important OSes to
support? I'm thinking Win32 is still a ways off (possibly as far off as S:P:O,
but at least not until post-0.7). That leaves Linux, BSD, and Mac OS X as the
obvious candidates (Mac OS X has some special requirements above your average
*BSD variant). What are the main distributions of Linux and *BSD that we
should aim for? What are the currently deployed and relevant versions of those
distributions?

I'm guessing Frederick and Ville are keeping us in good shape on Debian and
Fedora, but at least SUSE among the Linuxen are possibly above the cut-line;
and there're an awfull lot of *BSD systems out there. I'm personally
interested in making sure Mac OS X works well, and with the «free publicity»
the apple.com Internet Developer article gave us it makes sense to capitalize
on that.


Thoughts?





[0] — Besides, it'd make Nick cry for joy, and that's a goal we can all
      get behind I'd think. :-)



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