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Re: Patch management tool
From: "Kurt Seifried" <bt () seifried org>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 19:01:45 -0600

It's called back porting. The reason they do it is because it makes QA a heck of a lot easier, imagine OpenSSH 3.5 -> 3.6 vs.s. OpenSSH 3.5 -> OpenSSH 3.5 plus a 50 line patch. Which is less likely to behave in new (an unexpected) ways? It also makes customers a lot easier, I have a commercial app that depends on version X of foo, now it may work with version X.1, but it might not. Personally I'd rather not find out. Back porting is the only sane alternative if you have several hundred packages that require active maintenance, QA, and don't want to annoy customers.

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