Products reach the end of their Product Life Cycle for a number of reasons. These reasons may be due to market demands, technology innovation and development driving changes in the product, or the products simply mature over time and are replaced by functionally richer technology. While this is an established part of the overall product life cycle, Cisco Systems recognizes that end-of-life milestones often prompt companies to review the way in which such end-of-sale and end-of-life milestones impact the Cisco products in their networks. With that in mind, Cisco have set out their end-of-life policy to help customers better manage their end-of-life transition and to understand the role that Cisco can play in helping to migrate to alternative Cisco platforms and technology.
As a general rule, Cisco will provide 6 months' notice of the affected product's end-of-sale date.
TAC Support, Spares and/or replacement parts for hardware will be available for a period of 5 years from the end-of-sale date.
Where available, Cisco will provide bug fixes, maintenance releases, work arounds, or patches for critical bugs reported via the TAC or Cisco.com Web site for a period of 5 years from the end-of-sale date for operating system software and for a period of 3 years from the end-of-sale date for application software.
For full details of End Of Life/End Of Sales visit Cisco's Web Site
(older products - pre October 2002)
(post October 2002)
What's a license?
Linux technically never goes 'end of line'.
RedHatLinux -- Red Hat's policy for Red Hat Linux distributions is to provide maintenance for at least 12 months. At certain times, Red Hat may extend errata maintenance for certain popular releases of the operating system. End of Life dates for errata maintenance for currently supported products are listed below:
| Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) | April 30, 2004 | Red Hat Linux 8.0 (Psyche) | December 31, 2003 | Red Hat Linux 7.3 (Valhalla) | December 31, 2003 | Red Hat Linux 7.2 (Enigma) | December 31, 2003 | Red Hat Linux 7.1 (Seawolf) | December 31, 2003
Start Date: General Availability End Date: 2.5 Years from General Availability date Description: During the Full Support phase, new hardware support will be provided at the discretion of Red Hat via Updates, Additionally, all available and qualified errata will be applied to the Enterprise products via Updates (or as required for Security level errata.)
Start Date: General Availability End Date: 3 Years from General Availability date Description: During the Deployment phase, all available and qualified security and bug fix errata will be applied to the Enterprise products via Updates. Security Errata will be released as necessary independent an Update.