Goodbye Windows Vista : Development on Kodi also includes making sure it keeps working on all current and older operating systems. However at some point we also have to say goodbye and end support.
In the past we already had to say goodbye to the first XBOX, Windows XP, Apple TV2, Ubuntu 12.04, anything lower than OSX 10.8 and all versions lower than Android 5 (Lollipop).
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Dropping older platforms
Now comes some of the historic aspect of why we need to drop support for some. Kodi began it’s development on the original XBOX dating back to 2002 where a group of hobbyists began to fill the void of a proper media center.
During the years it evolved and the code which it consists of grew and grew to a size that almost became unmanageable.
Adding to the fact more platforms were added as well keeping all this working across all these operating systems versions and devices became quite a nightmare. As such the decision was made few years ago to stop this foolish legacy support and carefully consider on what was acceptable to say goodbye to.
The main conclusion was that ending the support from our side at the same time as the company or organisation who is behind the operating system was the obvious answer. For Ubuntu we follow the long term support releases until their end date.
For Windows we do the same when Microsoft stops sending out security patches. So with Ubuntu and Windows we take in account the security aspect as the OS version won’t receive patches.
What’s the Reason ?
A general response we get from users still running these platforms is that we do not care about them and we are forcing them to upgrade to more current platforms or even hardware which costs them money.
To get these false rumours squashed once and for all I will explain the reasoning behind this seemingly pointless dropping of older operating system versions or devices.
To start with we never force users to upgrade their Kodi version. If it works it works and you should only update if you wish to do so. We do however encourage users to at least upgrade towards Windows 7 or even better Windows 10 which is certainly the best supported version.