I'm requesting a MRE for SSSD. Upstream* generally supports several branches at any time; one or two LTM (long term maintenance) branches and the latest non-LTM stable branch. The current supported branches are:

1.5.x LTM
1.8.x LTM
(1.10 will be the next LTM)

There is no written policy about allowing only bugfixes on the stable branches. Actually, 1.5.x did receive features upstream deemed appropriate for it, but the other branches haven't. There is a test-suite that is run during package build, but due to the nature of the package it's impractical to cover every use case. The stable releases are being tested by upstream and the community though (and Fedora users which get the updates quickly, RHEL later), so giving a few weeks after a release should reveal the regressions a release might have.

SSSD is nowadays _the_ daemon for networked identity and authentication, widely used in the enterprise and relied on by Canonical support staff. There is an open MIR too, which will hopefully be resolved sometime soon.

* https://fedorahosted.org/sssd/


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