[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 12.0 end-of-life

@lbutlr kremels at kreme.com
Sat May 16 18:56:28 UTC 2020

On 16 May 2020, at 12:19, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> And it runs and runs and runs and runs. Older hardware could do this. And older software, in combination with that hardware, could do this. As long as the requirements don't change, it's not a problem, especially not when _not_ connected to the Internet - yes, I'm quite aware that _this_ is a significant problem in considering system security.

If the computer is not connected to any other computers and no person ever has access to it, that’s fine.

Otherwise, old OSes are porous insecure botnets-in-wait with dozens or hundreds or thousands of exploits.

And if your machine is not connected to the Internet and no human uses it, go ahead an run FreeBSD 1.0. Who’s stopping you?

But that’s an even smaller tiny tiny percentage than desktop FreeBSD users and should have no bearing on the EOL schedule of the current versions of the OS.

The issue has been (but hopefully is not any lonher?) is that upgrading from one version to another can be … well,  sometimes impossible is the best result. More than once I’ve had to completely setup anew because the upgrade path either did not work or had been shut-off (like version x.4 can be upgraded to only from x.3, but x.3 cannot be installed now because it is EOL so you have no path forward from x.0 x.1 and x.2 but to start afresh and you installed x.2 6 months ago).

I'm dangerous when I know what I'm doing.

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