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From Bill Stoddard <>
Subject Re: End of Life Policy
Date Mon, 22 Nov 2004 16:11:02 GMT
Paul Querna wrote:

> So, we are nearing a new stable branch.  For the first time in a long 
> time we will have a no-longer-developed-but-stable-branch in wide use. 
> (2.0.x)
> I would like to have a semi-official policy on how long we will provide 
> security backports for 2.0 releases.
> I suggest a value between 6 and 12 months.
> Many distrobutions will provide their own security updates anyways, so 
> this would be a service to only a portion of our users.
> As always, this is open source, and I would not stop anyone from 
> continuing support for the 2.0.x branch. My goal is to help set our end 
> user's expectations for how long they have to upgrade to 2.2.
> Thoughts?
> -Paul Querna

Why drive artificial constraints on any of our release processes? If a sizeable number of
people (ie, a 
"community") are interested in maintaining 2.0 for the next 20 years, then why prevent it
'by decree'?


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