[R] CRAN R For Windows 3.6.3

Marc Schwartz m@rc_@chw@rtz @end|ng |rom me@com
Sat Sep 19 20:31:12 CEST 2020

> On Sep 19, 2020, at 1:44 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18/09/2020 1:39 p.m., Shapira, Leeor via R-help wrote:
>> Can you please let me know the End of Life and End of Vendor Support dates for CRAN R for Windows 3.6.3? Thank you.
> R doesn't have either of those.  There is no vendor support ever.  It is free software; it is up to its users to support it.  On the other hand, it is free software, so you can use it forever.
> In practice, there is de facto support from its authors in that they are very responsive to bug reports.  That ends with the next release, so 3.6.3 support ended in April, 2020 when R 4.0.0 was released.
> Another way to think of support and end of life equivalents is to ask how long CRAN will provide the source code to packages for it.  There are no time limits on that, though it can be some work to find a set and tools to build them if you are using older releases.
> And finally, you might want to know how long CRAN will keep updating binary packages for R 3.6.3.  I think that should continue until the release of R 4.1.0, sometime around April 2021.
> Duncan Murdoch


Just to add on to Duncan's comments, you may want to read the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) document here:


That will give you insights into R's development, release and maintenance timelines.


Marc Schwartz

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