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Re: Bug#995189: RFH: isc-dhcp

Hello Santiago,

Am 08.03.23 um 11:17 schrieb Santiago Ruano Rincón:
El 08/03/23 a las 10:45, Philipp Hahn escribió:
Am 07.03.23 um 20:26 schrieb Ansgar:
On Tue, 2023-03-07 at 11:55 +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
On Mar 07, Philipp Hahn <pmhahn@pmhahn.de> wrote:
Is it a good idea to keep it alive for another 2+ years in
Debian-12-Bookworm or should it be removed now?

I do not think that it should be removed at this point, since there is
a need for the complex features that isc-dhcpd can provide and there are
is no obvious replacement: Kea is super complex (and I do not know if it
has all the features) and everything else is too much simple.

Only the client and relay are no longer maintained upstream. The server
is still maintained and there is no need to drop it from Debian.

Are you sure the *server* is still maintained? Sadly my quote from
<https://www.isc.org/dhcp/> got dropped, so here again:


                 RELEASE STATUS

Version 4.4.3-P1 is a maintenance release of the DHCP client, relay and
server. It is the final release for the client and relay components,
which have reached end-of-life and will no longer be maintained.

That does not help: they did a maintenance release in the past. So *past* issues were addressed. Excellent!
But what happens in the future? Will we get *future* updates:
- client: No, as officially EoL
- relay: No, as officially EoL
- server: through "providing professional support services"

ISC has announced the end of life for ISC DHCP as of the end of 2022. ISC will continue providing professional support services for existing subscribers, but does not intend to issue any further maintenance releases.

You can still read an equivalent sentence from the dhcp upstream url:

"DHCP is available for free download under the terms of the MPL 2.0
license. The client and relay portions of ISC DHCP are no longer

Again does not help: I can even still download older releases with unfixed issues. But I want to know if I should still base my environment/work on ISC-DHCP-server in the future, that is: Will it be maintained in the future and will we get patches for security issues?

Do you "Debian ISC DHCP Maintainers <isc-dhcp@packages.debian.org>" have enough expertise and willingness to maintain it for another 2+ years ("without" support from upstream ISC)?


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