We have 3 flavors right now that are deprecated and inactive for development, but according to the release notes, they’re still supported until April 2019:
- Edbuntu Trusty Tahr
- Mythbuntu Xenial Xerus
- Ubuntu GNOME Xenial Xerus
However, using GNOME as an example, it’s unclear how well supported it is. Nearly all of its support methods are gone. If you look at the release notes, it’s unclear that it’s even deprecated. I don’t know if there’s a clear plan on dealing with the final point release. What’s worse is that the next steps once unsupported are unclear.
It seems to me that we don’t have a real policy in place to ensure that users of deprecated flavors aren’t left wondering what to do next. Maybe this is something we need to add to the process to becoming a flavor, or maybe we just need a process to deprecate a flavor.
Thoughts? As a member of the GNOME team as well as an essential member of the Ubuntu Development Team, including one seat on a Development Council, I’d especially love to hear what you think @jbicha.