[fbsd] HEADS UP: FreeBSD 5.3, 5.4, 6.0 EoLs coming soon
rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Fri Oct 13 16:28:22 PDT 2006
On Thu, 12 Oct 2006, Jeremie Le Hen wrote:
> I am all for it.
> According to this thread, it appears the 4.x branch is still used for
> whatever reasons, may they be perceived good or bad depends on one's own
> consideration and feeling. If the FreeBSD Project is going to relinquish
> RELENG_4 support because of lack of interest from the developpers -- and I
> can understand this --, it would not hurt though to arrange a place where
> people still interrested in RELENG_4 could talk together, exchange tricks
> and patches and so to continue a kind of unofficial support.
> Although this may appear as a loose and slack support, it is yet better than
> having nothing, IMHO.
FWIW, it's important to remember that what the security officer is doing is
not saying that 4.x cannot be supported, it's saying that they no longer
guarantee it will be supported. If someone decides to support 4.x anyway,
then that's not a problem. This is more about recognizing the reality that
the vast majority of new work on FreeBSD is on the 7.x and 6.x branches. If
there are people who want to continue to support 4.x, there's nothing
preventing from doing that. Existing FreeBSD developers will still be able to
commit to the 4.x branches. We will still be able to give commit access to
people who turn up who show consistent contributions (and all the normal
criteria for a new committer) and are interested in continuing to support 4.x.
This is a community project: if people turn up to do the work, and do it well,
we're not going to stop them. "Official" support has to do with recognizing
that we're doing a good job in supporting something, and that the hands are
there to do it. What we're trying to avoid here by announcing EOL's is people
incorrectly assuming that something that is not being supported is being
Robert N M Watson
University of Cambridge
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