The NetBSD team, having just released NetBSD 8.0, have announced changes to their support policy which should simplify the situation for both users and developers. "Beginning with NetBSD 8.0, there will be no more teeny branches (e.g., netbsd-8-0). This means that netbsd-8 will be the only branch for 8.x and there will be only one category of releases derived from 8.0: update releases. The first update release after 8.0 will be 8.1, the next will be 8.2, and so on. Update releases will contain security and bug fixes, and may contain new features and enhancements that are deemed safe for the release branch. With this simplification of our support policy, users can expect: More frequent releases; better long-term support (example: quicker fixes for security issues since there is only one branch to fix per major release); new features and enhancements to make their way to binary releases faster (under our current scheme, no major release has received more than two feature updates in its life)." More details can be found in Soren Jacobsen's e-mail announcement.