Upcoming Releases Schedule...

Jo Rhett jrhett at netconsonance.com
Mon Sep 22 20:01:06 UTC 2008

On Sep 22, 2008, at 12:41 PM, Robert Watson wrote:
> Lack of human resources, to use a vile term, is currently the  
> limiting factor. What happens when that is cleared is another  
> question, but in the end there aren't a whole lot of paths to  
> greater efficiency here:
> This is an inherently manual process because security patches touch  
> a variety of parts of the system and each has different  
> implications, the tendency for vulnerabilities to come in classes,  
> etc.

Great, thanks.  Do we have any idea how much additional human  
resources would be necessary to extend the support period?

> because there was significant divergence and maintaining three  
> active development branches at once (5.x, 6.x, and 7.x) was a  
> serious stretch.

I've never suggested maintaining 3 different release versions, and I  
wouldn't suggest trying.  When Sun, Microsoft, et al decide that they  
don't have the resources to support 3 major revisions, it's a pretty  
good reason to think that FreeBSD can't either ;-)

Jo Rhett
Net Consonance : consonant endings by net philanthropy, open source  
and other randomness

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