Tom Lane wrote:
> Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> writes:
>> Some people consider the extended support and easy upgrades of the RHEL5
>> versions valuable enough that they have a strong preference to use the
>> version of PostgreSQL that ships with it. Right now, when such people
>> ask me about using 8.1 in that context, I tell them while it would be
>> better if they ran something more recent, the performance of that
>> version is reasonable and the bugs they might run into aren't that
>> serious. This is not the case at all for either 7.4 or 8.0, which have
>> been completely indefensible as versions to consider deploying for quite
>> some time already.
> Well, actually, if it's just "what will RH support", I just today got
> launch commit on this:
> which might change things a bit. PG 8.1 will be *in* RHEL5 until 2014,
> but whether many people will still be using it is another question.
Having 8.4 available and supported in RHEL5 will be nice. Maybe it was
spurred by the talk I gave on 8.4 a couple of weeks ago at RH HQ? (j/k).
But the issue for me is not what vendors support but how often we ask
someone to upgrade if they want to stay on a community supported base.
As I remarked before, other things being equal, I think five years is a
reasonable interval, and given that many users don't upgrade right on a
.0 release, I think a release lifetime of about six years is therefore
about right as a target.
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