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Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze 46

Via Bits from Debian, comes news that the security team is considering adding a Long Term Support suite for Squeeze (Debian 6) after Jessie (Debian 8) is released sometime next year. From the mailing list post: "At the moment it seems likely that an extended security support timespan for squeeze is possible. The plan is to go ahead, sort out the details as as it happens, and see how this works out and whether it is going to be continued with wheezy. The rough draft is that updates will be delivered via a separate suite (e.g. squeeze-lts), where everyone in the Debian keyring can upload in order to minimise bottlenecks and allow contributions by all interested parties. Some packages will be exempted upfront due to their volatile nature (e.g. some web applications) and others might be expected to see important changes. The LTS suite will be limited to amd64 and i386. The exact procedures will be sorted out soon and announced in a separate mail. ... It needs to be pointed out that for this effort to be sustainable actual contributions by interested parties are required. squeeze-lts is not something that will magically fall from the sky. If you're dependent/interested in extended security support you should make an effort to contribute." If successful, the LTS idea would possibly be carried over to Wheezy. With all of the changes coming in Jessie and its aggressive release schedule, this sysadmin really likes the idea of having a bit more breathing room for updating infrastructure between releases. The email also contains a bunch of other info on changes coming to the security process.

In related news, the Debian Installer team announced the first alpha of debian-installer for Jessie. Just the installer, not the distro as a whole (Jessie will be frozen in November). XFCE remains the default desktop, ia64 was kicked out of the archive, and a few new ARM variants are supported.
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Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

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  • I feel a song coming on!

  • Is that so? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by oldhack ( 1037484 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @02:15PM (#46536607)
    It used to be that people would joke about the geological time interval required to produce new Debian versions. Now things are moving so fast, it's considering LTS.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Relevant, Debian's timeline:

  • My wife has a desktop with Debian 6 installed and it's nothing but trouble, crashes, dropped Internet connection, etc. What really sucks about it is that she likes to stay up late playing Tux Racer and whenever something goes wrong she wakes me up out of a good rest to fix it!



    tl; dr: Momma's got a Squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night

  • by antdude ( 79039 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @05:53PM (#46538605) Homepage Journal

    Isn't that what oldstable is for?

    • by iroll ( 717924 )

      Wouldn't Wheezy (7) be oldstable when Jessie (8) becomes stable?

      Now Squeeze (6) will be oldoldstable =)

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