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Debian 6 debuts its long term support period

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian 6 debuts its long term support period            press@debian.org
June 16th, 2014                 http://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140616

The Debian project is pleased to announce that the "Long Term Support
(LTS)" infrastructure to provide security updates for Debian GNU/Linux
6.0 (code name "squeeze") until February 2016 is now in place. Users of
this version should follow the instructions from the LTS wiki page [1]
to ensure that they get the LTS security updates.

We would like to thank the volunteers who joined the LTS team [2] and
the organizations which expressed their interest to contribute to the
LTS initiative: AD&D - IntarS Austria [3], Deezer [4], Électricité de
France [5], Freeside [6], Offensive Security [7], Positive Internet [8],
Seznam.cz [9], Sipwise [10], Univention [11], University of Oxford [12]
and all the others who will join them in the coming months.

However, to ensure its success and cover more packages, more help is
needed: organizations benefiting from the extended support period are
encouraged to contribute manpower to the LTS team [13]. For
organizations that cannot contribute their own workforce to the LTS
team, Freexian [14] — a French company owned by Debian Developer Raphaël
Hertzog — offered to act as an intermediary between organizations
interested in funding LTS work, and individual Debian contributors
preparing LTS security updates. For more information, see Freexian's
description of their proposal [15].

The Debian Project welcomes this initiative, and is generally supportive
of organizations exploring ways to help sustain the LTS project and
Debian in general.

Should Debian 6 LTS be a success, it would be repeated and generalized
so that Debian 7 ("wheezy") and Debian 8 ("jessie") would also benefit
from Long Term Support.

More information can be found in the Debian LTS project's wiki
page [16].

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
https://www.debian.org/, send mail to <press@debian.org>, or
contact the LTS team at <debian-lts@lists.debian.org>.

    1: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Using
    2: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Team
    3: http://www.intars.at/
    4: http://www.deezer.com/
    5: http://www.edf.com/
    6: http://freeside.biz/
    7: http://www.offensive-security.com/
    8: http://www.positive-internet.com/
    9: http://www.seznam.cz/
   10: http://www.sipwise.com/
   11: http://www.univention.de/
   12: http://www.ox.ac.uk/
   13: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Development
   14: http://www.freexian.com
   15: http://www.freexian.com/services/debian-lts.html
   16: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS


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