OpenSUSE maint. period: 18 months, Release schedule: 8 months
Posted Aug 15, 2009 20:16 UTC (Sat) by socket
Parent article: OpenSUSE cuts maintenance period to 18 months
A note to people who haven't been following OpenSUSE as closely:
OpenSUSE has also decided that the six month release schedule followed by certain other distributions doesn't make much sense, and the schedule is going to be every eight months... except, I suppose, this time: I'm currently using OpenSuSE 11.1, which was released on December 18th of last year. 11.2 is scheduled to be released on Nov. 12 of this year. That's closer to 11 months than 8.
Not that I especially mind... I suppose they're measuring the 8 months starting from the time they decided to do 8-month releases, rather than from the release date of the presently current release. A little confusing, but whatever.
Combine this fact with the 18 month maintenance period, and remember that if your release is (much) more than 2 releases old, you're not going to get maintenance updates.
I personally think the maintenance period should be closer to 3 or 4 releases than 2, speaking for myself... particularly since there isn't a CentOS equivalent to SLED/SLES. It looks like I'd have to call Novell to get a sales quote to find out how much they consider longer-term support worth, and I suspect my hobbyist and occasional independent consultant use of several computers is a little below their radar. So, probably, are non-profits.
CentOS equivalent for OpenSUSE, anyone?
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