Samba Release Planning

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The regular Samba release cycle intends a new major release every nine month. Each release series turns into maintenance mode when the next major release is out. Maintenance mode means that only severe bugs and security issues will be fixed. For your convenience, the next to last series will be turned into a security fixes only mode.

That means, a series is

  • nine months fully supported,
  • another nine months in the maintenance mode,
  • nine months in the security fixes only mode.

In total, each series is maintained for a period of approximately 27 months.

Example:

If 3.6 is the current release series, 3.5 is in maintenance mode, 3.4 in the security fixes only mode and the maintenance of 3.3 has been stopped with the release date of 3.6.0.

Each series can have any number of desired minor release. These will be released every 6 weeks.