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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: New Spring Maintenance policy
Date Tue, 23 Sep 2008 22:00:06 GMT
Joerg Heinicke wrote:
> On 23.09.2008 22:43, Peter Hunsberger wrote:
>> As the number of versions of Spring used in production grows, it is
>> impossible for us to provide free maintenance for multiple releases
>> and perform backports of issues. Doing so would unfairly subsidize
>> conservative customers who want to remain on a previous version, at
>> the cost of the open source community.
> The reasoning is totally awkward. Nobody questions discontinuing 
> support for old major releases. But how does the above justify not 
> providing patch releases after 3 month of a major release? [1] They 
> are doing those releases anyway.
> The last sentence above is purely a joke. At the end the new 
> maintenance policy is a means to push people into the enterprise 
> support program. They are absolutely free to do so, but they should 
> admit it not talk crap.

Yeah. I read this as "3 months after release n+1 is out, release n 
becomes closed source". I'm wondering how long it will take for forks to 
appear that will provide open source bug fixes to old releases.


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