Today, we have published the Magnolia Maintenance Policy. The Policy clarifies what a maintenance release is and states that CE users will have access to maintenance release of the current major version, whereas Magnolia Enterprise Edition customers have access to maintenance release of their deployed version. With that we are following in the footsteps of other commercial open source companies like Springsource, who have had similar policies for years, probably for similar reasons.
Our desired effect of this policy is that
- the Magnolia community focuses more of its work on the latest release
- the general Magnolia install base is more recent (you wouldn't believe how many 2.1 Magnolia installations still exist somewhere out there!)
- organizations that need previous release maintenance either upgrade to the latest major version (good) or get an Enterprise Edition subscription (even better ;-))
so that in the long run we can minimize (or possibly even eliminate!) feature differences between the Community Edition and the Enterprise Edition. A first step in that direction was done with the Magnolia CMS 4.5 release which has added many features to the Community Edition which were previously only available in the Enterprise Edition.
We hope that the new maintenance policy clarifies who we will proceed with maintenance releases starting immediately. For discussions, feel free to leave a comment.