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This article provides the information about the Check Point release policy and terminology. Please contact your local Check Point representative with any questions you may have to information regarding this article.
There are different types of software releases:
Major release: Introduces new functionalities and cutting edge innovative technologies to the market while maintaining high product quality. Major release is supported by Check Point for four years according to Support Lifecycle Policy. In the past few years Check Point has released Major releases every 1-2 years. Some examples of major releases would be: R75.40, R76, R77, R80, R80.10, R80.20
Minor release: Introduces Security Management & GW with new features and stability fixes on top of Major releases. Minor release is supported by Check Point as long as its relevant Major version is supported, according to Support Lifecycle Policy. In the past few years, Check Point has released 1-2 Minor releases per Major version Release. Some examples of minor releases would be: R75.47, R77.20, R77.30, R80.30
Management Feature Release: Introduces Security Management with new features and stability fixes in between Major and Minor releases. Once the next Major or Minor release is available, Check Point recommends to upgrade the Security Management running a Management Feature Release to the next Major or Minor release. The first available release is R80.20.M1
Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator is an accumulation of stability and quality fixes resolving multiple issues in different products. For more information, see sk98028.
Special releases and Hotfixes: Specific for a particular feature or a fix to be installed where required, a solution article (SK) will be published in Check Point Support Center with the relevant information and files for download.
R80.30 was released on May 7, 2019. This release with Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator Take 50 (described in sk153152) is considered as Check Point's default version (widely recommended for all deployments).
All this information is available in the relevant Release Notes. In addition, with every new release, we update the Releases map, Upgrade map and Backward Compatibility map. For every minor release, Check Point will always make sure there will be a supported upgrade path for future releases.
Starting in R75.46, you can find this information in the "Released hotfixes" section on every Release page. You can also view the release's Known Limitations page, which includes solution numbers for hotfixes released to customers.
Upon important hotfixes, Check Point may update the release images to automatically install the fixes. Starting in R77, these changes are documented in several places: "files revision" PDF, Release Notes update, a note under the download links and filenames changes.
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