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From Julian Foad <>
Subject Re: officially retire 1.9?
Date Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:40:50 GMT
Branko ─îibej wrote:
> On 05.08.2019 20:27, Stefan Sperling wrote:
>> Subversion 1.9.0 is 4 years old today (release on August 5 2015).
>> says that
>> each LTS release is supported for 4 years.
>> Julian said on IRC that perhaps we decided to support 2 LTS releases
>> for either 4 years or until another LTS release appears.
>> Which means 1.9 would still be supported until 1.14 is released.

We documented "If a release takes longer than planned, we will extend 
the support periods of the previous releases accordingly." [1] I 
intended this to mean we would continue to apply the spirit of our 
historical support for "the current and the previous" releases for the 
newly designated "LTS" releases.

I acknowledge that's not totally clear, and all our decisions can be 

>> But do we really want to continue supporting 1.9?
> You probably noticed that this question arose on users@. I promised
> we'll announce what we decide.
> For the record, I agree we can stop supporting 1.9.

I'm not sure we should.

Let's take a moment to remind other readers that "unsupported" means we 
don't expect or intend to make another release; it does not mean there 
is absolutely no possibility of a further release if there should be 
sufficient justification for the effort required.

Conversely, we can "softly" reduce support for it: we are not obliged to 
backport any particular fixes or make any particular number of releases.

I will say that in recently releasing 1.12.2, 1.10.6, and 1.9.12, the 
amount of work I had to do for three release lines compared to two was 
much less than proportional.

So I vote for softly reducing the support effort while leaving it 
documented as "supported".

- Julian


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