Security Response Team / EOL

Ed Hill ed at
Fri Apr 28 15:44:58 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-04-28 at 14:12 +0200, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> Time spent on trying to keep legacy branches alive is missing in other
> areas. I'd rather see Extras packagers track Rawhide and prepare for the
> next release of FC, so we have something to offer at the time of release
> of Test1. Version upgrades in old branches--especially those which are
> done without careful testing (like closed-eyes copy-to-branch-and-build
> updates)--increase the risk of resulting in regression, dead-end breakage
> and increased maintenance requirements. Such as but not limited to
> requiring further version upgrades in build requirements or in
> dependencies maintained by other packages (with Epoch bump or package
> withdrawal as a worst-case).


Yes, there are opportunity costs and there certainly will be problems
with adding new packages and/or new revisions to old releases.  No

IMNSHO, Fedora should be looking forward.  Declaring old versions as
_dead_ is a really _good_ thing!  At some point we should let go and
concentrate our limited time and effort on the present and future


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