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Date:      Thu, 11 Aug 2011 07:37:53 -0400
From:      Daniel Staal <>
To:        Michael Sierchio <>, FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)
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--As of August 10, 2011 6:42:58 PM -0700, Michael Sierchio is alleged to 
have said:

> man freebsd-update

--As for the rest, it is mine.

That doesn't help with the question being asked.  The question is 'Will 
there be updates (as necessary) for this version of the OS in the future?'. 
Freebsd-update only answers 'Are there updates for this version of the OS 
in the present?'.  Having present updates says nothing about there being 
future updates.  (Nor does the fact that there aren't any at the present 
mean that there _won't_ be one tomorrow.)

(Well, ok, given the current release structure having an update today means 
you are in a supported branch, and that supported branch will continue to 
get updates for the foreseeable future.  But that still does not tell me 
when the branch is likely to get unsupported, and in theory a patch release 
could be made on the last day of support for a branch.)

Daniel T. Staal

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