A request for release engineering

Kristof Provost kristof at sigsegv.be
Fri May 11 07:38:32 UTC 2018

On 11 May 2018, at 9:11, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 10/05/2018 19:15, Manish Jain wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have no idea whether this is the right list to make this request 
>> to.
>> But I could not find any other list that would definitely be better 
>> suited.
>> I noticed when trying to build a port under my 10.3 box that support 
>> for
>> 10.3 has now expired. I have no problems with that - I will install 
>> 12
>> afresh when it becomes available later this year.
>> But since installing afresh demands a whole effort, I request that
>> FreeBSD reduce its new releases to one per year, while the support
>> period is increased to 3 years per release.
>> Does this sound like a good request to others too ?
> The FreeBSD support model was announced over three years ago:
> https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2015-February/001624.html
> In particular
> - Each new release from the stable/X branch deprecates the previous
>   release on the branch, providing a three-month window within which
>   consumers are urged to upgrade to the latest release.  During this
>   three-month window, Security Advisories and Errata Notices will 
> still
>   be issued for the previous release, as necessary.
> Why not simply update to 10.4?
FreeBSD 10.4 reaches end-of-life on October 31, 2018. At this point 
I’d recommend an upgrade to 11.1 right now, to get to a supported 
version and then an upgrade to 11.2 within three months of the release 
of 11.2.
There should be very few surprised in the upgrade from 10.3 to 11.1 and 
none in the 11.1 to 11.2 upgrade.


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