As the maintenance policy of the MariaDB Foundation states, we are committed to maintaining each release for 5 years. As MariaDB 5.5 was announced for General Availability in 2012, the five year mark will soon be passed. However, since MariaDB 5.5 is widely used in many major Linux distributions in production use at the moment, the Foundation has decided to extend the maintenance period for MariaDB 5.5 to the year 2020.
All Linux distributions currently including MariaDB 5.5 will thus continue to have security updates available for at least until 2020.
The MariaDB Foundation’s mission is to serve the greater public and we’ve decided that supporting MariaDB 5.5 for an extended period is a good use of the MariaDB Foundation’s staff time. Read more