UnrealIRCd and 4.x/5.x release plans

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UnrealIRCd and 4.x/5.x release plans

Post by Syzop »

Hi everyone,

A new release for Debian 10 and an update on UnrealIRCd 4.x and 5.x release plans:

UnrealIRCd (stable) is now available for download. This fixes an issue with Debian 10 that was released this weekend. On Debian 10 the list of permitted SSL/TLS protocols was ignored (set::ssl::protocols). Other than that, set::ssl::outdated-protocols and set::ssl::outdated-ciphers are now configurable (rarely needed, though).

Needless to say, there's no reason to upgrade from 4.2.4 to unless you are (newly) installing on Debian 10.
If you are running an older version then you may also want to check the previous release announcement (4.2.4).

UnrealIRCd 5 and the UnrealIRCd 4 EOL date
The development of UnrealIRCd 5 is going well. At this point it is not public yet nor is there a (alpha) release, but the development looks promising enough that we expect a stable UnrealIRCd 5 out by Q4 2019.
This also means we can communicate a (provisional) End Of Life date for UnrealIRCd 4.x, which will be December 31, 2020. After that, all support for 4.x will end, including bug fixes and security fixes.
This means all users will have 12+ months to upgrade from UnrealIRCd 4.x to UnrealIRCd 5.x, which is the same 12 months that users had when moving from UnrealIRCd 3.2.x to 4.x.

The following table summarizes the support periods: https://www.unrealircd.org/docs/UnrealIRCd_releases
As you can see, UnrealIRCd 4 is now also effectively bugfix only. With all new features being done on the 5.x branch.

More UnrealIRCd 5.x news can be expected at the end of July / early August, 2019.

As always, you can download UnrealIRCd from www.unrealircd.org.
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