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Re: Extending FC5 lifecycle?

Axel Thimm wrote:

On Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 06:49:47PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Can we decide if we wanted to extend the lifecycle of FC5 till F7 is released or not? I know there was some discussions before on that but since F7 is going to have 4 test releases and second test release is expected shortly, we need to determine this now.

the suggested timelife was 13 months, e.g. the intention was to allow
for two releases and 1 extra month, so that people can upgrade from
version N to N+1 with a transition time for this skip-an-intermediate-
release-jump of one month.

Given that schedules can go back and forth like currently for F7,
could the policy be reworded to "ETA is one month after the release of
the next-to-next subsequent release which usually sums up to 13
months". That way we wouldn't have to adjust the absolute ETA if a
release slips.

Right. I was just unsure whether it applied retroactively from FC5 or just for FC6 and future releases. I have updated http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LifeCycle and http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ. I intend to send out this announcement to fedora-announce list. Let me know if you spot any mistakes.

Extending the life cycle of Fedora releases

As proposed earlier in the Fedora Summit [1], Fedora Project has decided to extend the life cycle of Fedora releases. Previously every release of Fedora reaches end of life after FCn+2 test 2 is released which is approximately 9 months. We have now extended this such that every release of Fedora is maintained for a month after FCn+2 is released.

This means end users of Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6 will now get updates till after a month after the release of Fedora 7 and 8 respectively. This was planned to allow end users the ability to optionally skip every other release and directly upgrade from N to N+1 release of Fedora.

More details available at in our FAQ [2]



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