|| ||Florian Effenberger <floeff-AT-openoffice.org> |
|| ||announce-AT-openoffice.org |
|| ||[ooo-announce] OpenOffice.org announces "end-of-life" for version 2.x of its productivity
|| ||Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:44:18 +0100|
|| ||Article, Thread
A few weeks before the upcoming release of OpenOffice.org 3.2, the
OpenOffice.org Community is formally announcing "end-of-life" status for
the legacy version 2.x series of its productivity suite.
With each new release, users are strongly encouraged to upgrade, to
benefit from new features, bug fixes and security improvements. After a
new major release, the community supports legacy releases for a period
of time to help users with upgrading and migrating. With version 3.x
being available for more than 15 months now, the Community has decided
it is time to cease maintaining the 2.x software. As a consequence,
OpenOffice.org 2.4.3 will be the last release of the legacy 2.x series
and no subsequent bugfix or security releases will be made available.
This end-of-life policy only applies for the Community version of
OpenOffice.org obtained via http://download.openoffice.org. Linux
distributors and service companies often have their own product
lifecycle policies and might support the productivity suite for a
shorter or longer period of time. Sun Microsystems commercial support
plans also continue to support OpenOffice.org version 2.x.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does end-of-life status mean? Is the software unusable now?
A: The end-of-life status means that support with patches, bugfixes and
security updates is no longer available from the Community. Of course,
the software is still usable, and you may still be able to obtain
product support from Community members via email, mailing lists and forums.
Q: So, can I go on using the old version?
A: Technically, yes. However, due to important bugfixes and security
improvements found in newer releases of the software, the community
strongly encourages every user to upgrade to the latest release.
Q: I'm a Linux user, and my copy of OpenOffice.org comes from my
distributor's repository. Am I affected?
A: Linux distributors often have their own product lifecycle policy and
may support their versions of OpenOffice.org for a shorter or longer
period of time by "backporting" updates and bugfixes. Please check with
Q: Why can't the community support older releases for a longer period of
A: Releasing bugfixes, patches and security improvements for older
releases takes a lot of resources. Releasing legacy versions is as much
effort as releasing current versions, with localization and QA being
involved. As most users upgrade to a new version in a short period of
time, and as rollout cycles in companies usually last from 3 to 12
months, the Community needs to concentrate its resources where they are
most effective, in new versions.
There is also a number of independent service companies providing
long-term support, who may support "end of life" releases.
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