Why is dovvecot still version 2.2x and not 2.3

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#1 Tue, 08/06/2019 - 09:35

Why is dovvecot still version 2.2x and not 2.3

Version 2.2.36 is it now.

Why not a update to 2.3.x ?


EDIT now! https://github.com/dovecot/core

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 06:05

And a BUMP. ;)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 09:29
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My GUESS would be that because the 2.2x to 2.3x upgrade deprecates some code and would break many GUI-based administrative tools, and because Dove is pretty well-behaved as it is, the upgrade would be time-consuming and has been back-burnered in favor of more pressing changes.

It will have to be done eventually, however, as I hear rumors that 2.3x will be EOL before long.

This is just a guess, mind you.


Sat, 08/10/2019 - 09:45


Virtualmin uses the software versions that come with your Linux distribution. So it's not that Virtualmin doesn't support Dovecot 2.3, but moreso that most distributions don't yet ship with that.

As I look, even Ubuntu 18.04 doesn't offer Dovecot 2.3... however, Debian 10 does, and once we release our support for Debian 10, you could always go with that if you want that Dovecot version.


Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:52 (Reply to #4)

OK reply to both

I better wait and see then.

CENTOS 7x OYA for those who cant wait dovecots own OS repos here https://repo.dovecot.org/#centos

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 11:01

And read here about some support and EOL


For 2.2 versions, we are going to provide security and critical bug
fixes for 2.2.36 only. If you are using 2.2.x version prior to .36, we
will not be providing anything other than critical security fixes.
Sat, 08/10/2019 - 14:53

Note that all software provided by CentOS and RHEL is supported for the life of the distribution. Even if Dovecot itself stops supporting it, CentOS/RHEL will continue to provide bug fixes and security fixes for it.

So there isn't any issue with certain software reaching it's EOL, if it's included in CentOS/RHEL, it'll be supported.


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