Advance SUSE support discontinuation notice for openSUSE 11.4 - Evergreen goes on!

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Advance SUSE support discontinuation notice for openSUSE 11.4 - Evergreen goes on!

Marcus Meissner
Dear opensuse-announce subscribers and openSUSE users,

SUSE Security and the openSUSE Maintenance Team announce that
the SUSE sponsored security and maintenance teams will stop
releasing updates for openSUSE 11.4 soon.

Having provided both security and bug fixes for the last two releases
and two months, we will stop releasing updates after November 5th 2012.

However, the community Evergreen team plans to provide ongoing maintenance
for openSUSE 11.4. More details on this will be published when they are known.

As a consequence, the openSUSE 11.4 distribution directory on our
server download.opensuse.org will be removed from /distribution/11.4/
to free space on our mirror sites. The 11.4 directory in the update tree
/update/11.4 will follow, as soon as all updates have been published.

Also the openSUSE buildservice repositories containing openSUSE 11.4
will be moved to DISCONTINUED:openSUSE:11.4 and building against
openSUSE 11.4 will be disabled and removed in all buildservice projects.

The discontinuation of openSUSE 11.4 enables SUSE to focus on the openSUSE
distributions of a newer release dates to ensure that our users can
continuously take advantage of the quality that they are used to with
openSUSE products.

This announcement holds true for openSUSE 11.4 only. As usual, the
openSUSE project will continue to provide update packages for the
following products:

openSUSE 12.1 (supported until 2 months after openSUSE "Next" release, around May 2013)
openSUSE 12.2 (supported until 2 months after openSUSE "Next+2" release)
openSUSE Next (naming is discussed currently) (currently in development,
to be released early 2013)
for the next two openSUSE releases plus a two months overlap period.

(As the schedule is under discussion these dates cannot be predicted exactly
 at this time. It will be 2 releases + 2 months usually.)

Please note that the maintenance cycles of SUSE Linux Enterprise products
and products based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system
are not affected by this announcement and have longer life cycles.

Our openSUSE lifetimes are tracked on http://en.opensuse.org/Lifetime .

To learn more about SUSE Linux Enterprise products, please visit
http://www.novell.com/linux/suse/ . For a detailed list of the life cycles
of our Enterprise Products please visit http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/
and http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/lcSearchResults.jsp?sl=suse

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not
hesitate to contact SUSE Security at <[hidden email]> or openSUSE
Maintenance at <[hidden email]>.
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