The OpenMRS community can only support up to three a limited number of released versions at a time (the current release and then two versions back). The previous versions are kept in folders called 1.5.x or 1.6.x and only small bug fixes are applied to those branches. This makes those branches relatively stable and very similar to all releases in that minor version (e.g. 1.5.1 will be very similar to 1.5.9), since supporting a release takes peoples' time and effort (e.g., backporting bug fixes). As a community, we have agreed to do our best to support up to three versions. This means we strive to maintain the current release along with the two prior minor versions.
What does it mean to be End Of Life (EOL)?
The core team will not be backporting and committing patches to that release's folder.
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Bug reports for end of life versions will be answered with 'please upgrade to a supported version and confirm it is still an issue'. We will not be releasing new maintenance point releases in that line.