In this article, you will learn how the product lifecycle for IGEL OS 11 is defined.

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Explanation of our terms

EOL - End of LifeEOL means the product is at the end of its product lifecycle.
EOS - End of SaleEOS means the product can no longer be purchased.
EOM - End of MaintenanceEOM means the maintenance for this product expires.
Major ReleaseA major release is a new version of the software that generally includes changes to the architecture and adds new features and functions to the predecessor version. Major releases can be identified by changing the version number, such as 10 to 11.
Minor ReleaseA minor release is a scheduled release/update containing additional functionality, security updates, and bug fixes. Minor releases can be identified by changing the version number, such as 10.02.100 to 10.03.100.

3-Year Time Period

IGEL guarantees a full 3-year product lifecycle for every major firmware release version starting with IGEL OS 11, which was initially released in February 2019.

Within this 3-year time period, IGEL provides 3 to 4 releases per year (minor releases), including

  • New features, software clients, drivers, etc.
  • Bug and security fixes
  • Select support (included with IGEL software maintenance)
  • Additional hardware support

IGEL Software Maintenance

An active IGEL software maintenance agreement is required to receive and use all software updates (all releases – major and minor). 

End-of-Life (EOL) = End-of-Sales (EOS)

As soon as the three-year product lifecycle of an IGEL major OS release is designated end-of-life (EOL), IGEL immediately ceases to provide any further software enhancements and stops selling it.

The customer has the choice to remain on that software version, but IGEL recommends upgrading to the next major release to benefit from all the latest advancements in the software.

Related topics:

What is the Meaning of IGEL Release Names? 

Software Releases Overview