[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] RELEASE_NOTES: Based on the version from 5.0

Martijn van Beurden mvanb1 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 17 00:02:48 EEST 2022

Op za 16 jul. 2022 om 22:36 schreef Michael Niedermayer <
michael at niedermayer.cc>:

> something like this: ?
> +   The FFmpeg Project proudly presents FFmpeg 5.1 "Riemann" LTS, about 6
> +   months after the release of FFmpeg 5.0, our first Long Term Support
> +   release.
Yes, that probably helps avoid any confusion on whether LTS here might mean
something different.

> About guidance, i really dont know what to write
I don't know what the reason was to call this release LTS. I know most
people using ffmpeg are using the latest git anyway, but if I were to value
stable releases and seeing that this release is LTS, I would wonder: how
long is long term in this context (2 year, 5 years) and does it just mean
long term security updates or can I expect backports as well? Without any
detail, I think the designation LTS raises more questions than it answers.
I think it is important to manage expectations here, people might expect
certain aspects of this release to be kept up-to-date which were never
intended to be part of the 'support'.

I know this is all quite vague, but repeating myself: I don't know the
rationale for this release being designated LTS, so I can't come up with
something either.

I see there are 9 releases that got updates in the last 2 months. If the
LTS designation is meant to, going forward, lower the number of releases
that get support for such a long time, this is something that can be stated
as well. Something like: "to keep the amount of work to maintain releases
reasonable, going forward only LTS releases can be expected to get security
updates for more than 1 year."

Just some thoughts.

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