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From Ruediger Pluem <rpl...@apache.org>
Subject Re: End of the road of 2.2.x maintenance?
Date Wed, 11 May 2016 19:13:43 GMT


On 05/10/2016 10:38 PM, William A Rowe Jr wrote:
> It's been a year, and seems to be a good time to revisit this topic 
> while those folks who are present at ApacheCon can discuss f2f 
> the merits of bringing the 2.2.x chapter to a close, and share their
> thoughts back here on-list.
> 
> According to http://w3techs.com/technologies/history_details/ws-apache/2
> the inflection point of a majority of 2.4 instances over 2.2 appears
> to occur about 9 months from now.
> 
> OpenSUSE 13.1 adopted 2.4 way back in Nov of '13.
> 
> Ubuntu - 14.04 LTS, and Debian 8 (Jessie) switched to 2.4 in April '14.
> 
> RHEL / CentOS 7 are well over a year old, adopted 2.4 in June '14.
> Fedora 18 shipped 2.4 way back in Jan '13.
> 
> E.g. every user of the broadly distributed Linux releases will have had
> three full years to adopt 2.4 by June of 2017.  I expect the BSD world
> looks similar (modulo any Apache License 2.0 stupidity we are all 
> too familiar with.)  If someone in the BSD, Solaris and other spheres 
> wants to chime in here with those milestones, that would be great.
> 
> I am prepared to RM a final bug-fix release of 2.2 in conjunction with
> the next 2.4 release effort, to gather in any final requests for fixes
> before we move to a 12-month, security-fixes-only window on that branch.
> Once those 12 months expire, as we've done with 1.3 and 2.0, there's
> the possibility that relatively few committers would collect some critical
> patches/apply-to-2.2.xx final security fixes, but no further releases would 
> occur.
> 
> Are we ready to start the 12 month countdown as of the next/final bug
> fix release of 2.2, and highlight this in both the 2.2 and 2.4 announce
> broadcasts?
> 
> I'm hoping we conclude some fixes of 2.4 scoreboard regressions and
> get to the point of releasing 2.4 with mod_proxy_http2 sometime within
> the next month or so, and that we can reach a consensus about how
> we will proceed on the 2.2 branch, before we get to that release.
> 
> Feedback desired,

Sounds like a sensible plan.

Regards

RĂ¼diger


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