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Dear suse-security-announce subscriber,
With the release of the SuSE Linux 8.1 i386 ftp version, we announce that the SuSE Linux 7.0 distribution will be discontinued.
Vulnerabilities found after Monday, November 4 2002, will not be fixed for SuSE Linux 7.0 any more. After two years of successful use, SuSE Linux 7.0 will free resources for the newly released products. By consequence, the 7.0 distributions directories on the ftp server have been moved to the discontinued directory structure; the 7.0 directories in the update trees will follow near the end of November, soon after all update packages have been published.
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design decisions or when the fix(es) are fairly large, the only reasonable fix for a security problem is to update to a newer version of the software.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.
As usual, SuSE will continue to provide update packages for the remaining distributions SuSE-7.1 SuSE-7.2 SuSE-7.3 SuSE-8.0 and SuSE-8.1
for a two-year period after the release of the respective distribution.
Our SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) products and the products based on SLES are not affected by this announcement.
If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (SuSE security contact).
Regards, Roman Drahtmüller, SuSE Security. - - -- - - | Roman Drahtmüller email@example.com // "You don't need eyes to see, | SuSE Linux AG - Security Phone: // you need vision!" | Nürnberg, Germany +49-911-740530 // Maxi Jazz, Faithless | - -