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From Colm MacCárthaigh <>
Subject [VOTE] Formal deprecation of 1.3.x branch
Date Mon, 04 Jan 2010 21:57:04 GMT
Observers of the commits list may have noticed some small cleanups to
the 1.3.x branch earlier today. There are currently a number of
several years-old backport/patch proposals in there too, including two
marked as release show-stoppers (neither actually stopped the show,
when last we had a release).

I've reviewed and tested the relatively low-hanging fruit, and cleaned
up the backport proposals to be functional patches. If you really
really think any of those patches are important, now is a good time to

Because ... stealing an idea from wrowe@ ... how about we formally
deprecate the 1.3.x branch? Make one more release, but attach a notice
to the effect that it will be the final release, and that in future
we'll be distributing security updates by other means :-)


--- README	(revision 895672)
+++ README	(working copy)
@@ -14,9 +14,16 @@
   The Latest Version

-  Details of the latest version can be found on the Apache HTTP
-  server project page under
+  As of January 2010, support for version 1.3 of Apache has been
+  formally deprecated. Updates will be available as patches, from

+  Users are encouraged to upgrade to version 2 of Apache httpd,
+  and information on upgrading is available at;

Index: src/CHANGES
--- src/CHANGES	(revision 895795)
+++ src/CHANGES	(working copy)
@@ -1,6 +1,22 @@
 Changes with Apache 1.3.42

+  *) INFORMATIONAL: Please note that this release is considered
+     the final release of the Apache 1.3.x branch. Future
+     updates will be distributed as patches, via

+     Apache 1.3.x users who wish to avail of security releases
+     are advised to use Apache 2 or higher. Please see;
+     for information on upgrading. On behalf of the Apache
+     httpd group; thank you to everyone who helped make
+     Apache 1.3.x the most successful, and most used,
+     webserver software on the planet.
 Changes with Apache 1.3.41

   *) SECURITY: CVE-2007-6388 (


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