Which version is long term support version for Hibernate ORM version 5? 5.3 or 5.6?

Our Hibernate ORM version is 5.5, but 5.5 is EOL now, we want change to another Non-EOL version, seems only 5.3 and 5.6 support JAVA 8, both 5.3 and 5.6 are limited-support version, the recent update on version 5.3 at 2024-02-08, but the recent update on version 5.6 at 2023-02-06, not sure which version will EOL firstly.

Hello, @zhk my sedgwick

Let’s focus on the information you need.

Regarding your Hibernate ORM version choice, here’s a concise summary:

Hibernate ORM 5.3:
Pros: Supports Java 8 (which aligns with your requirement).
Cons: Limited support, older version, and newer features may not be available.
Hibernate ORM 5.6:
Pros: Supports Java 8, 11, 17, and 18. Offers more recent features.
Cons: Also in limited support, but it’s a more up-to-date version.
Given that both versions are in limited support, consider your specific project needs and whether the additional features in 5.6 are essential. If possible, upgrading to a newer series might be beneficial.

I hope this info is helpful to you.

Best Regard,
Gregory Chavez

Unless you are a Red Hat customer, you should always be using the latest Hibernate ORM version. Limited support versions only receive updates that are requested by Red Hat customers, so as a regular user, you won’t receive any bug fixes.