Last month we started publishing the EOL dates of the supported versions of Snort from the official Snort ruleset.
You will now see that the EOL date for Snort version 188.8.131.52 is set for 2012-03-13, that's March 13, 2012.
As always, any questions about the Snort EOL policy can be directed towards me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get them answered for you.
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