Mike Lehmann asked this question · 1,096 karma · Mar 20 '13 at 02:15 PM
How to install SourceTree on Windows XP?
Just chiming in with my 2 cents: I found this to be a greatly dissapointing decision by Atlassian that Source Tree not support Windows XP. I mean Source Tree on Windows 7 is already incredibly slow and behaves fairly goofy at times, but to not be able to use it on my Windows XP test VMs, that was the last straw for me. I just moved on to a different product in spite of most of my use cases being on Windows 7. It wasn't worth the hassle of dealing with. When you're not the only game in town, you really can't affort to annoy customers. There are other better options. Like it or not 1) XP isn't dead yet and 2) XP will not be completely dead for many more years yet. There will always be slow-to-change customers with some ancient box in a corner. And always be XP downgrades, or run in a VM or some form of compatibility mode. Some businesses want to keep their customers, so are forced to continue to suppor them. Atlassian is just clearly not one of those businesses. In that they provide products to software engineers, the very people who will need ancient support for many years to come, this is a disappointing business model to see chosen. But I'm sure even _if_ Atlassian realized their grave mistake and wanted to change now, it's just simply too late. Their path is set. Sorry you had to lose me as a customer.
We recently converted from StarTeam to Git with some disruption. We need a good GUI like SourceTree. My main development machine runs WinXP because -- why upgrade if it works fine to compile and test Java code? Constant upgrading drains funds and slows operations. I could upgrade to Win 7+, but probably makes no sense on this older hardware which supports development fine even if it isn't the latest greatest gaming machine. So I'd have to upgrade whole machine, lots of migration, cleanup, etc. in middle of work cycle, which is very risky if deadlines loom.
So I'd just like a tool that runs on Win XP for now. Hard to recommend SourceTree for the team while we still have XP machines on line. We'll see though, if it really is head-and-shoulders above the rest, might be worth it.