Communicating with the public (was Re: Possibility for FreeBSD 4.11 Extended Support)

Adrian Chadd adrian at
Fri Dec 22 05:38:52 PST 2006

On 22/12/06, Bill Moran <wmoran at> wrote:

> I could be wrong, but I get the impression that this whole EOL issue with
> 4.x is partly a result of not reminding people when the EOL date for 4.x
> is every 5 minutes.  The result is that it's just hitting home for a lot
> of people now that it's the 11th hour.

The trouble Squid had was its push to a new codebase (2.5 -> 3.0)
without adequately considering what users wanted. After all, if users
don't get any of what they want then there's probably no chance of any
paid work out of it.. Users cried for new features but with the
stability of the existing codebase. In the end the developers caved
and provided Squid-2.6 which seems to have begun reinvigorating the
project somewhat.

I'm not saying thats the case here, but all the people I've seen
complain about 4.11 isn't because the upgrade path isn't -there-, its
because the upgrade path doesn't give them stability. People then
answer "but its stable for mee!"; both sides don't end up agreeing.
tsk .:)


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