[yocto] Yocto "Long Term Support"

Burton, Ross ross.burton at intel.com
Mon Nov 7 01:09:18 PST 2016

On 6 November 2016 at 15:33, Vuille, Martin (Martin) <vmartin at avaya.com>

> Has there ever been any discussion of making select releases
> “Long Term Support” releases, i.e., committing to support them
> for a number of years?
> Presumably that would entail having the resources to commit
> a maintainer to that release for the LTS interval.

Currently the Yocto Project commits to supporting the previous two releases
with security fixes.  If you want a longer life-cycle than that then it is
recommended to approach one of the many OSVs who support Yocto Project
derived build systems, such as Wind River / Mentor Graphics / ENEA / more.
These will have longer support cycles, at least one has the option of ten
years for security and critical bug fixes.

Out of curiosity, how much effort is required (on average) to
> maintain a non-current release with at least CVEs and maybe
> critical bug fixes from upstream?

Just CVEs requires a part-time person.  Tracking all upstreams for
non-security but critical bug fixes would be far more effort.

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