> shortly after Hardy, and there were issues with both web-based and other
> services that had drifted past the support in Dapper's packages (Gaim, I
> think, but there was another that I can't now recall that's used by a
> bunch of the Distributed Proofreaders gang that was an annoyance) well
> before the next LTS came along.
That's the exactly kind of experience I am after -- long-term support means supporting even beyond the upstream end-of-support, and that means backporting. And backporting means *a lot of* work. Extreme case if RHEL2.1 which has IIAC kernel 2.4.9. But even RHEL3 (which is five years old, so Canonical would still support it) has kernel 2.4.2*. I really wonder whether Canonical will find volunteers to dig into this archeological excavations if the need arises.