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Re: VIM v7 and v7.3.46: End of Life and End of Support Dates needed

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  • Tony Mechelynck
    ... -- The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr. --
    Message 1 of 6 , Nov 29, 2012
      On 29/11/12 23:14, Tony Mechelynck wrote:
      > On 29/11/12 16:55, Ben Fritz wrote:
      >> On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:11:52 PM UTC-6, Gary Johnson wrote:
      >>> On 2012-11-28, rams wrote:
      >>>
      >>>> Hello,
      >>>
      >>>>
      >>>
      >>>> I am looking for End of Life and End of Support dates for:
      >>>
      >>>> VIM 7
      >>>
      >>>> VIM 7.3.46
      >>>
      >>>>
      >>>
      >>>> Can you please share the info for this?
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> I am not an official spokesman for Vim. The following is just my
      >>>
      >>> perspective.
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> I don't know what those terms mean in the context of an open source
      >>>
      >>> project such as Vim. What do those terms mean to you?
      >>>
      >>
      >> Some open-source projects (like Python, for example) have a
      >> cutting-edge version but also release security updates, etc. for older
      >> versions. So you can still download Python 2.7 for example even though
      >> they're pushing Python 3.
      >>
      >> It would be like having a Vim 7.2 branch that we would back-port crash
      >> fixes and data loss issues and the like from the default branch (7.3).
      >> But Vim doesn't work this way, and as far as I know, it hasn't ever
      >> worked this way. With Vim it seems there is only ever one active line
      >> of development.
      >>
      >
      > From time to time, but not at this precise moment, development has
      > happened on some "future code branch" of Vim, which was then labeled as
      > either "alpha" or "beta". Important security-and-stability bug fixes
      > have been, at such times, backported from the "future" release to the
      > "current stable" release. Nowadays, however, the only code branch
      > visibly under development is the current stable branch, namely Vim
      > 7.3.x, and all previous branches are at EOL AFAICT. This means that, as
      > Gary said, currently each new patchlevel obsoletes all previous ones:
      > the current version is 7.3.744 released some three hours ago as I'm
      > typing this message. Like Ben said, any bug found in some earlier
      ----------------------------^^^ sorry, "like Gary said".
      > release will still be investigated and, if some already published
      > patchlevel did not fix it, a fix will be attempted, and, if found and
      > accepted by Bram, published as a new patchlevel, etc.
      >
      > Someday an alpha or beta pre-release of 7.4 or 8.0 will probably appear,
      > and then we will again be in the other, "transition" case described at
      > the beginning of the previous paragraph, until a new "stable" 7.4 or 8.0
      > release obsoletes the 7.3.x branch.
      >
      > Best regards,
      > Tony.
      --
      The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to
      devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation.
      -- Lew Mammel, Jr.

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