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Effective Monday, March 19 2001, five weeks after the release of the new SuSE-7.1 distribution, SuSE will discontinue support for the SuSE-linux distributions SuSE-6.0 SuSE-6.1 and SuSE-6.2.
SuSE puts much effort into adding security improvements (patches) to the software instead of publishing a new version; the same program with a fix for a specific problem promises to work just as reliable as the original version from the distribution, whereas new versions introduce new functionality which changes the behaviour. In some cases however, especially if the security leak is based on problematic design decisions or when the fix(es) are fairly large, the only reasonable fix for a security problem is to update to a newer version of the software. These newer versions tend to become incompatible with our older distribution releases because of missing features in the operating system environment. This forces us to focus on the distributions of a newer release date.
The remaining distributions SuSE-6.3, SuSE-6.4, SuSE-7.0 and SuSE-7.1
for the Intel i386, AXP Alpha, SPARC as well as PPC Power PC platforms will continue to be supported for a two-year period after the release of the respective distribution.
Regards, SuSE Security.