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May 14, 2024

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May 17, 2024

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Madrid, Spain

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Thomas Gall

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MAD24-409 How to stay sane: Long Term Support, Government Mandates and Open Source

  • Friday, 17 May 10:55 - 11:20
  • Room: Session 3 | Tenerife II

Long Term Support (LTS) for Open Source Software generally means that the community or a company is willing to support a particular version of software with fixes over an extend period of time. The idea is to not bring in new features only fixes to maximize compatibility. Great!?! Now what about what seem to be an increasing set of government rules/laws that mandate that the latest fixes make their way out to devices? Does a strategy based on LTS continue to work? We’ll consider what are the challenges to maintaining an LTS. What's in the best interest of maintainers? What's in the best interests software suppliers? We’ll look at the benefits to using an LTS. We’ll examine some of the situations where the strategy fails. How can you meet your computing needs by taking advantage of LTS software yet avoiding pitfalls that can come with it? Or how can you have a strategy that avoids LTS?