Linking to archived releases?

Through other post I arrived to - it looks fantastic!

A friendly and polite request, could be possible add a link to get the previous old releases? Through other post I got this link

Thanks for your understanding


Where would you expect to find a link like that? I’m hesitant to make it too prominent, as we really do want people using current releases!

Agree about that we should use the latest release, but is wise offer the old release for any situation. In my case to learn how to do an upgrade, for example through from 36 to 37 - it through VirtualBox - do this delicate upgrade in a safe controlled environment is better.

Where would you expect to find a link like that?

About your question, for each download page for Server and Workstation, they have the We take security seriously section. Below of that would be nice.

Thanks for your understanding

To Matthew’s concern, I think previous releases, especially ones that are no longer supported, should not be easily accessible. Besides the point that we would be providing unsupported software, the mere presence of that option being there could imply support in the minds of some visitors regardless of how much warning text we add around it.

For me, I don’t mind older releases being available, though I don’t think it’s a good idea. If provided, those should be way out of the way and nowhere near where the average user could find them, like a Gitlab repo or wiki.

I agree, sometimes it could be helpful to get information about older releases, for historical reasons or for someone running an old release for some reason.

For those documents which are release specific, it exists in a visible way. These are the general home page, the release notes, and the old installation and administration guides. All these guides have a release selection box at the top right side, below the blue header banner.

All (or at least most of) the other documentation is not release specific. E.g. the mentioned Server documentation follows upstream release changes or improvement suggested by users. They don’t maintain an archive of previous versions. And they can’t because it is a kind of rolling version. They maintain a history, see the clock like icon at the top. It’s a list of commits, so you can see what was changed and who did it. To get an old version, you have to pull the .adoc file from the repo and set up a local authoring environment, so you can read it.

I think that a adding a special warning for the suggested section indicating that the old releases would don’t have any support any longer about new updates should be clear for any new comer. I’ve seen this approach in other places.

I don’t understand that sentence. For release specific docs, especially release notes, there is already a link to access older release versions.

And for others, they simply don’t exist.

Below of the “We take security seriously” section, add the suggested “Looking for old releases?” section with the message warning about that they don’t have support anymore. Sorry for the confusion.