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Re: MariaDB Server maintenance policy for 10.0



> On 27 Apr 2017, at 00:04, Sergei Golubchik <serg@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi, Colin!
> On Apr 26, Colin Charles wrote:
>> Hi!
>> I just read:
>> 	https://mariadb.org/about/maintenance-policy/
>> It says the 5 year boundary date for support ending for 10.0 is 31 Mar
>> 2019, and later goes on to specify why 5.5 has a later EOL, "The
>> MariaDB Foundation may decide to maintain selected releases beyond the
>> normal 5 years if they are in exceptionally widespread use. As MariaDB
>> 5.5 is included in multiple prominent Linux distributions with a
>> lifespan beyond 2017, the Foundation is committed in maintaining it
>> until 2020."
>> Is SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 12, with MariaDB Server 10.0, not
>> considered a “prominent Linux distribution”? SLES12 released in 2014,
>> comes with MariaDB Server 10.0, and requires at least 10 years of
>> support (https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x86_64/SUSE-SLES/12/).
>> Just checking to see if the maintenance policy above is in error
> No, it is not an error.
> There was a discussion and a decision specifically for 5.5.
> We simply haven't discussed 10.0 EOL yet, there was no decision not to
> extend 10.0 lifespan.

OK. Glad this is on the radar. I think it makes sense to have these discussions in public so that others can reference them to know why such a decision was made. This is all about transparency, isn’t it?

> And, strictly speaking, SLES12 is not "multiple distributions" :)

Neither is RHEL7 or its derivatives, multiple distributions :)
(with long support cycles)

> But good point about SUSE, thanks.
> Apparently we need to discuss 10.0 EOL too, someday in the course of the
> next two years.

Thank you. Also pay attention to MariaDB Server 10.1 dates to sync with Debian (3 years from 2017, but also the LTS folk) - https://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases
Colin Charles, http://bytebot.net/blog/
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