SuSE: Version 6.3 end-of-life announcement

    Date14 Nov 2001
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Effective Monday, December 10th 2001, after a lifespan of two years, SuSEwill discontinue support for the successful SuSE Linux distributionSuSE Linux 6.3.
    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    only reasonable fix for a security problem is to update to a newer version
    of the software.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 We encourage our usership to make the transition to a
    newer version of the SuSE Linux distribution.
    Roman Drahtmüller,
    SuSE Security.

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