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Long term support for Debian 6.0 Announced

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Long term support for Debian 6.0 Announced              press@debian.org
April 24th, 2014                http://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140424

The Debian project is pleased to announce that although regular security
support for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (code name "squeeze") will be
terminated on 31 May, long term support for the distribution is going to
be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial
release. This effort is driven by various interested parties / companies
which require longer security support.

Squeeze-LTS will only support i386 and amd64, rather than the full range
of architectures. Users of other architectures are encouraged to upgrade
to Debian 7 ("wheezy"). Additionally, a few packages will not be
supported in the LTS version of the release, primarily some web-based
applications which cannot be supported for the additional timeframe. A
tool will be provided to detect such unsupported packages.

The release will not be handled by the Debian security team, but by a
separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a
success (with some overlap in people involved). Companies using Debian
who are interested in aiding this effort should contact
<team@security.debian.org>. Importantly, the success of Squeeze-LTS will
be used to judge the viability of LTS support for Debian 7 ("wheezy")
and Debian 8 ("jessie").

About Debian

The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who
volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free
operating system Debian.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/, send mail to <press@debian.org>, or contact the
stable release team at <debian-release@lists.debian.org>.

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