Proposal: drop support for VS2017 in mainline

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at
Tue Aug 30 15:14:18 UTC 2022

I think the time has come for us to drop support for VS2017. Some 
arguments for this:

* VS2017 was moved to "Mainstream End Date" by Microsoft in April, 2022 [1]

* VS2017 do not support C11 properly, which makes the fix for 
JDK-8292008 non-ideal [2]

* VS2017 do not support the new conformant preprocessor, which will 
likewise make JDK-8247283 only half-fixed [3]

* VS2017 required us to do ugly workarounds like JDK-8286459, which 
likely should be reverted once we get rid of it [4]

Is anyone tied to VS2017 and would reject a PR that removes support for 
VS2017, leaving only VS2019 and VS2022?






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