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I m on Ubuntu 12.04 and i get shown some packages from main are supported until October 2013 after running ubuntu-support-status. Why is this, since main will get support til 2017?! It states that - as an example - libenca0 - is only supported for 18 months although it sits in main? Is this a bug? October 2013 is over now, obviously.

apt-cache show libenca0
Package: libenca0
Priority: optional
Section: libs
Installed-Size: 220
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
Original-Maintainer: Michal Čihař <nijel@debian.org>
Architecture: i386
Source: enca
Version: 1.13-4
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.4)
Filename: pool/main/e/enca/libenca0_1.13-4_i386.deb
Size: 62192
MD5sum: dc1738e9af93e6a46258b794d444c73f
SHA1: 5ab76251c991a9de868dc0a8927f899b385c09ac
SHA256: 0d52c45d92b778a04f36b4c0c06aaf9a739203a06cb11e25e7bdfa7ce5f494d7
Description-en: Extremely Naive Charset Analyser - shared library files
 Enca is an Extremely Naive Charset Analyser. It detects the character set and
 the encoding of text files and can also convert them to other encodings.
 This package contains the shared library needed to run applications compiled
 against libenca.
Homepage: http://cihar.com/software/enca/
Description-md5: da9031e69c0ee3eed757fb4c01f3036d
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 18m
Task: mythbuntu-frontend, mythbuntu-frontend, mythbuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-backend-slave, mythbuntu-backend-slave, mythbuntu-backend-master, mythbuntu-backend-master, lubuntu-desktop, ubuntustudio-video, ubuntustudio-graphics
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Packages which are primarily part of one of the not-Ubuntu desktops are not necessarily supported for 5 years (due to limited manpower). I think Xubuntu 12.04 is 3 years and Lubuntu 12.04 is 18 months, unsure about others. See askubuntu.com/questions/128283/… –  chronitis Dec 2 '13 at 13:54

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