Mandriva Linux 2010.x reaches end of desktop support - Update
French Linux distributor Mandriva has reminded users that Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Spring and 2010.2 have both reached their end of desktop support. From 8 July, no new updates to the desktop environments, web browsers and major apps will be provided.
In a post on the Mandriva Blog, Security Team member Eugeni Dodonov says that these versions will, however, continue to operate in "base support mode". This means that for an additional six months ending on 8 January 2012, updates to the base system and components such as the Linux kernel and Apache will be provided.
Under the Mandriva Lifecycle policy, desktop updates are usually provided for 12 months; base system and components are offered for 18 months. Under this policy, the latest 2010.2 stable release from December of last year would normally be fully supported for another six months. However, a note at the end of the policy page says that "Mandriva Linux 2010.2 is an incremental update to Mandriva 2010 Spring and will have the same lifetime as 2010 Spring". Mandriva Linux 2010.0 reached its end of life on 3 May 2011.
The project's next major version of the distribution, Mandriva Linux 2011, is currently in development. The latest development preview is Mandriva 2011 RC1 from late June. A second release candidate is expected to arrive on 26 July, with a final release scheduled for 29 August.
Update: Following "a huge number of requests", Dodonov has announced that the Mandriva Board has decided to extend full support for Mandriva 2010.1 and 2010.2 for an additional 6 months. At the time of writing, the lifecycle web page has yet to be updated to reflect this change.
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