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Re: Support timeframe

On Wed, 23 Jun 2010, Steve Smith wrote:
> In general, how long is a version for Debian supported? 

Generally speaking, 12-18 months after the release of a new stable
version is when security support is stopped. Generally, that means
between three and four years of support for a version.

> Ie, I believe that it is Microsoft's policy to stop providing
> support (patches, fixes, etc) after 6 years from a release. Is there
> any such policy for Debian and if so- what is it? What would it be
> for version 5? Ie, is it safe to say that version 5 will not be
> supported after 2014?

Pretty safe, yes. Support will most likely be stopped some time in

> The reason why I ask is because we have a hardware appliance that is
> based on Debian and we are working on upgrading to version 5.
> Because the previous version is not longer supported, we need to
> provide a patch policy for our appliance.

If it's something that you need security support for longer, you can
certainly hire someone to continue security support (and any other
backported fixes) to lenny, and possibly band together with others who
need the same.

Don Armstrong

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
 -- Steven Wright

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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