10 grudnia 2001, po blisko dwóch latach od premiery, SuSE zaprzestaje supportowania wersji 6.3 swojej dystrybucji. Jednocześnie zachęca do zakupienia nowszych wersji, do których patche będą jeszcze przez dłuższy czas wydawane.

Decyzja niemieckiego producenta nie dziwi – od czasu 6.3 pojawiło się już pięć nowych wersji. Jednak tu widoczna jest przewaga dystrybucji w pełni otwartych, do których patche pojawiają się cały czas, a których upgrade – często automatyczny – jest łatwy i przede wszystkim – darmowy.

  Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 20:26:17 +0100 (MET)  From: Roman Drahtmueller <draht@suse.de>  To: <suse-security-announce@suse.com>  Subject: [suse-security-announce] Supported Distributions    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----  Hash: SHA1    Effective Monday, December 10th 2001, after a lifespan of two years, SuSE  will discontinue support for the successful SuSE Linux distribution  SuSE Linux 6.3.    SuSE puts much effort into adding security improvements (patches) to the  software instead of publishing a new version; the same program with a fix  for a specific problem promises to work just as reliable as the original  version from the distribution, whereas new versions introduce new  functionality which changes the behaviour.   In some cases however, especially if the security leak is based on  problematic design decisions or when the fix(es) are fairly large, the  only reasonable fix for a security problem is to update to a newer version  of the software. These newer versions tend to become incompatible with our  older distribution releases because of missing features in the operating  system environment. This forces us to focus on the distributions of a  newer release date.    The remaining distributions   SuSE Linux 6.4   SuSE Linux 7.0   SuSE Linux 7.1   SuSE Linux 7.2   SuSE Linux 7.3    for the IA-32, IA-64, AXP Alpha, SPARC, S/390 as well as the PowerPC  platforms will continue to be supported for a two-year period after the  release of the respective product. Due to different maintenance terms, the  SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and other products based on the Enterprise  Server Edition are not affected by this notice.    The freshly released SuSE Linux 7.3 distribution is a stable, robust and  secure product that sets new standards in the Free and Open Source  Software world. We encourage our usership to make the transition to a  newer version of the SuSE Linux distribution.    Regards,  Roman Drahtmüller,  SuSE Security.  -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----  Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux)  Comment: http://www.suse.de/      iEYEARECAAYFAjvyxWUACgkQnkDjEAAKq6SfxACeL86Gc8Fe9W7NFGqlXSQH9MmN  +1kAoJFvvm6pERQ+YsPzsCJUq9k+5KH6  =f6Vw  -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----  

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