Summer of Code

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Wed Mar 26 12:32:43 EDT 2008

John Bailey wrote:
> Luke Schierer wrote:
>> how old a gtk is redhat supporting? For what sort of timeline at this
>> point?
>> luke
> Stu's willingness to support older software aside, what does RedHat's support
> policies have to do with us?  We're the application maintainers, not
> distribution maintenance and support.  If we're worried about what RedHat
> supports, then why are we not concerned with what Novell, Mandriva, Debian, and
> Ubuntu support in their releases?  Novell and Mandriva, at least, have their own
> enterprise products, and I don't see us rushing to determine or meet their
> support needs.
> (Note that this isn't intended to be argumentative, just a genuine curiosity.)
> John

I'm using redhat's posted willingness to support software as a metric of 
time.  Debian does obvious bug fixes and security updates only after 
they release something.  I do not know Novell's policies, and mandriva 
annoyed me to no end back when it was mandrake, so I mentally disregard it.

If I saw Novell's maintainer pretty much ever, I would probably think 
about their enterprise product more.

Basically, Redhat is the only one I know actually *supporting* software 
after the upstream has dropped it.  We are, thanks to Stu's efforts, 
doing something lesser, we are worrying about if our software works with 
  obsolete libraries.

My thought was, how long are those obsolete libraries supported by 
_anyone_?  From that I hoped to derive an idea of how long it is 
reasonable to assume a meaningful number of people are using a given 
obsolete library version, and thus how long we might want to think about it.

It seems to me that after a given span, we're sort of encouraging people 
not to update their system by enabling them to continue using "new" 
software on it.

*shrugs* I do not care greatly though, so I'll drop this.


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