Quanah Gibson-Mount wrote:
--On Friday, August 6, 2021 3:11 PM +0100 Howard Chu email@example.com wrote:
Planning to post this to -announce soon, any comments?
Just a reminder to everyone: the Project has a long-standing policy of doing active development on only one release version at a time. To allow time for migrations we provide some overlap from one release version to the next. E.g., while 2.5 is active we will still provide critical bugfixes for 2.4. Since 2.4 has been around for something like 14 years now people may have forgotten this policy.
This is a heads up that with 2.6 due for release in September, all updates to 2.4 will cease at that time. Likewise, when 2.7 is released next year all updates to 2.5 will cease.
Also for clarity: We consider "Critical" bugs to include security flaws resulting in unauthorized data disclosure, or unauthorized remote code execution. We do not consider assert() failures or crashes resulting only in Denial of Service as security flaws.
That's fine as a general statement, but what we need is an explicit *documented* policy. Likely under "Release Documents" here: https://www.openldap.org/software/
Sounds like you should open a ticket against the website then.
Also, I'd like to see explicit terms here. I.e., 2.4 is now in maintenance, which means only critical fixes are applied. 2.5 is active, which means it has an active release schedule and is open for general bug fixes. 2.6 is in development which means that is where all new feature development and distruptive changes are occurring.
As a part of that explicit policy and terminology, we need to provide some sort of time table on when a release moves from active to maintenance. Clearly it would not have been fair to move 2.4 to maintenance the moment 2.5 released (for example we've done one non-security based release of 2.4 since 2.5 came out).
It would have been entirely fair. 2.4 has been around for 14 years and we had declared a feature freeze on it long ago already. Doing a non-security based 2.4 release after 2.5 was released was an anomaly, one nobody should rely on happening.