[nsd-users] NSD 2 in Debian

Wouter Wijngaards wouter at NLnetLabs.nl
Thu Feb 26 14:38:21 UTC 2009

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Hi Anand,

Anand Buddhdev wrote:
> > W.C.A. Wijngaards wrote:
> >
> > Hi Wouter,
> >
>> >> NLnet Labs promises to give a 2 year notice when support ends.
>> >> (for the reader: our support program is described
>> >> http://nlnetlabs.nl/projects/nsd/support.html)
>> >>
>> >> It was more than 2 years since NSD 3 was announced (5 sep 2006), which
>> >> implicitly meant that support for older versions was going to drop.
>> >> NSD 2 had its last release a little later (2.3.7, 16 april 2007).
>> >>
>> >> NLnet Labs is no longer providing support for the old NSD 2.x.  We
>> >> have not received any support requests for 2.x.  Therefore I would
>> >> advise to upgrade to nsd3 and not package nsd2 in the new Debian.
> >
> > I'm a little confused here. First you said that NLnet Labs will give a 2
> > year notice period when support for a particular product will end. I
> > haven't seen such an announcement about NSD 2. Please do point me to the
> > relevant announcement in case I missed it.

You are correct.  NSD support ending is announced 2 years in advance.
For NSD2, the obsolescence of the previous version was implicit with the
release of the new one.  In general we try to accommodate bug reports
made with older versions (if we can find the bug, and fix that in the
latest version).

> > Additionally, the website also doesn't say anything about not supporting
> > NSD 2. Therefore, as an NSD 2 user, I have been under the impression all
> > this time that it is still supported, and am still waiting for the
> > announcement to say that support for it is ending.

To be honest, NSD 2 support would be very easy right now as there are no
open issues and have been no reports for a very long time.  In general,
we do not have the capacity to support many branches of software.  We
support the latest versions.

Would you consider moving to NSD 3?  If issues appear in NSD 2, the
first response may be to ask you to upgrade to a version that we
actively support (much as if someone found a bug in 3.0.0 we would also
ask them to upgrade to the latest version for bugfixes).

Best regards,
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