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Nicholas Clark
November 5, 2008 15:58
future maintenence plans for 5.8.x
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I have added the appended to perl589delta.pod. I was intending to mention it
in the release announcement too. Is it accurate?

Nicholas Clark

Change 34744 by nicholas@mouse-mill on 2008/11/05 23:54:13

	A note about future maintenance plans for 5.8.x.

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... //depot/maint-5.8/perl/pod/perl589delta.pod#23 edit

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==== //depot/maint-5.8/perl/pod/perl589delta.pod#23 (text) ====

@@ -1979,10 +1979,18 @@
 There are no known new bugs.
 However, programs that rely on bugs that have been fixed will have problems.
-Also, many bug fixes present in 5.10.0 can't be backported to the 5.8.x
+Also, many bug fixes present in 5.10.0 can't be back-ported to the 5.8.x
 branch, because they require changes that are binary incompatible, or because
 the code changes are too large and hence too risky to incorporate.
+We have only limited volunteer labour, and the maintenance burden is getting
+increasingly complex. Hence this will be the last significant release of the
+5.8.x series. Any future releases of 5.8.x will likely only be to deal with
+security issues, and platform build failures. Hence you should look to
+migrating to 5.10.x, if you have not started already. Alternatively, if business
+requirements constrain you to continue to use 5.8.x, you may wish to consider
+commercial support from firms such as ActiveState.
 =head1 Platform Specific Notes
 =head2 Win32

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