To be clear, we can't backport this to 4.11
We are pushing the limits of our normal procedures by removing this in master (4.12) without first a full release cycle of notice in WHATSNEW, we certainly can't backport removing functionality into the stable release series, (almost) no matter how unwise.
(In reply to Andrew Bartlett from comment #1)
Ok thanks. Just as a reference (for fedora), here's the v4-11 pipeline:
Released with 4.12.0