Confusing use of EOL term

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at
Sat Apr 29 16:59:12 UTC 2006


threads that use the word "EOL" (and "support") very soon come to the
point where people use different notions of them and the thread's
signal to noise ratio drops.

Historically EOL was used for the point in time when RH passed
maintenance of RHL or FC over to Fedora Legacy. But later it was
considered bad marketing to call a security maintained release as
already EOL'd.

Currently the most prominent URL mentioning EOL and Fedora under is the project definition of Fedora Legacy, which uses EOL
in the above way and calls the "total EOL" an effective lifetime. says:
| The goal of The Fedora Legacy Project is to work with the Linux
| community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages
| for select Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core releases after they reach
| their EOL, thus extending their effective lifetime in environments
| where frequent upgrades are not possible or desirable.

I think these definitions need to be sorted out and used consistently
Axel.Thimm at
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