Originally Posted by Awesomeness
Additional fixes have already been ported to 4.8.x even after the 4.8.5 release. No software is dead that still receives fixes.
Are you talking about commits that have "Script Kiddy" as author? Any commit to 4.8 branch by a real developer is a mistake as there is no 4.8.6 release planned. So get over it, 4.8 branch is dead.