[ntp:questions] stepout value

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.org
Fri Jul 26 07:48:14 UTC 2013

David Woolley writes:

> Also remember that Red Hat are unlikely to ship development builds and
> may well use a version that worked for them in the past, rather than
> the latest release version, especially as they often apply local
> patches (one should actually have said to look at the patch files as
> well as the source files, as RPMs work on the basis of providing a
> combination of original source code and patches, rather than the
> actual source code that has been built).

4.2.6 was released in December of '09, which EOL'd free support for...
4.2.4, released in Dec '06, which EOL'd free support for ...
4.2.2, released in Jun '06, which EOL'd free support for ...
4.2.0, which was released in Oct '03.

4.2.8 is getting close to release.  We run 4.2.7 in production.

Many people don't understand our version numbers - the initial '4' is
the protocol number, not the major release number.  It's a significant
improvement going from 4.2.0 to 4.2.2, and then to 4.2.4, and then to

I haven't looked at what patches they might have applied, but it is easy
to check our ChangeLog and see the large number of fixes and
improvments we've made to NTP over the years.  Over 1500 improvements
and fixes from 4.2.0 to 4.2.6.

Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org>
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