[development] Here is how you can get 4.5 security patches
larry at garfieldtech.com
Sun May 28 03:28:38 UTC 2006
I am not demanding that you support 4.5 forever. I don't think I've ever
demanded anything on this list, although I will sometimes suggest
forcefully. :-) 4.5 itself is actually quite useless to me, as I first
started using Drupal in the early 4.6 days and have never had a running 4.5
I don't expect Drupal to provide support or patches for too-old releases.
That wouldn't make sense. At the same time, though, the revisionist history
of expunging them from the web site is just as bad. Lisa pointed out some
practical cases where someone may still need access to an older version. If
they're already there on the site, don't remove them. Flag them as "legacy,
unmaintained, and insecure. Don't use or you're dumb" instead.
I'm referring mostly to older modules. If someone already has a 4.5 site
running, and want to add a 4.5 module to it that used to be available, why
make it harder for him to get it now? Just to make a point?
The other key point I am making is that "you can get it from CVS" is, for 98%
of the computer using world, exactly synonymous with "no, we won't let you
have it, ha ha!" While almost anyone on this list either knows how to check
out an older branch from CVS or can figure it out from the web site fairly
easily, the same cannot necessarily be said for the majority of people
running those 60,000 Drupal sites (or whatever the current number is).
Saying "you can get it from CVS" to someone means saying "you're not 1337
enough". That's something you really don't want to say.
On Saturday 27 May 2006 14:07, Karoly Negyesi wrote:
> I am shocked by the demands to support 4.5. Do not forget that you are not
> paying Drupal developers to do anything. You are not my boss. Nor anyone
> else's. On what base do you demand? On the amount of contribution you made
> to Drupal over time? I have yet to see any such contributor (note: I said
> contributor, not coder.) who demands this.
> Therefore, the solution is very simple: if you are running 4.5 and do not
> want to update, find others in the same situation and hire an able coder
> who will provide the security patches for you. We will consider adding
> said person to the security team and some guidance will be providded, but
> please do not expect too much from our side.
> Case closed.
> Kind regards,
> Karoly Negyesi
> Ps. While I sometimes work for money, do not consider me. The less 4.5
> code I need to touch, the better for me. Money won't change this.
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