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Re: a plan for updates after end of life

Patrice Dumas wrote:

Since we cannot give a definitive time period, because it is volunteer
based, it is better not to give one.

It is possible for volunteer based projects to give a better timeframe than merely a ad-hoc maintenance policy. We need to do this in a more organized way for end users to take advantage of this. If say the kernel or ssh isn't maintained and has security issues, would it really be useful for some of the other core packages to get updates?

For two releases and a month (approx 13 months), we do the full updates as we are doing currently. For another say 5 months or till the next release we do only security fixes and very major bug fixes (as in crashes all the time sort of bugs). We don't necessarily backport or guarantee ABI

We don't have the manpower for that.

How do we really know that? I don't think anybody has really looked at the man power required for doing just critical security fixes for a few months more.


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