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Re: Announcing EOL for Jessie images

On 10/21/2018 07:53 PM, Noah Meyerhans wrote:
Lack of integration with packages.debian.org and incomplete coverage of
the archive also present problems. For exaple, despite the existence of
DLA 1531, I cannot find evidence of a 4.9 kernel for jessie on
packages.debian.org except in jessie-backports, and backports is well
documented as not having official security support. (Again, I realize
that this may be a matter of visibility and perception.)

For my part, as maintainer of the images on AWS, I don't want to prevent
people currently using the jessie images from continuing to do so. I
simply don't want new (to AWS or to Debian) users from starting out with
jessie. As such, I've made the jessie listings slightly less
discoverable using AWS interfaces, and have noted their deprecation on
the relevant Debian wikis. Somebody who is familiar with LTS and
interested in using it is certainly welcome to do so, though.


I've been using Jessie on AWS for three years and usually check for updates once a month. Here is the last LTS update:

Start-Date: 2018-10-16  15:21:01
Commandline: apt-get dist-upgrade
Install: linux-image-3.16.0-7-amd64:amd64 (3.16.59-1, automatic)
Upgrade: libpython2.7-stdlib:amd64 (2.7.9-2+deb8u1, 2.7.9-2+deb8u2), libapache2-mod-php5:amd64 (5.6. 37+dfsg-0+deb8u1, 5.6.38+dfsg-0+deb8u1), python3.4:amd64 (3.4.2-1, 3.4.2-1+deb8u1), php5-common:amd6 4 (5.6.37+dfsg-0+deb8u1, 5.6.38+dfsg-0+deb8u1), python3.4-minimal:amd64 (3.4.2-1, 3.4.2-1+deb8u1), l ibpython3.4-stdlib:amd64 (3.4.2-1, 3.4.2-1+deb8u1), python2.7:amd64 (2.7.9-2+deb8u1, 2.7.9-2+deb8u2) , php5-readline:amd64 (5.6.37+dfsg-0+deb8u1, 5.6.38+dfsg-0+deb8u1), php5:amd64 (5.6.37+dfsg-0+deb8u1 , 5.6.38+dfsg-0+deb8u1), libpython3.4-minimal:amd64 (3.4.2-1, 3.4.2-1+deb8u1), libxml2:amd64 (2.9.1+ dfsg1-5+deb8u6, 2.9.1+dfsg1-5+deb8u7), php5-cli:amd64 (5.6.37+dfsg-0+deb8u1, 5.6.38+dfsg-0+deb8u1), linux-image-amd64:amd64 (3.16+63+deb8u2, 3.16+63+deb8u3), python2.7-minimal:amd64 (2.7.9-2+deb8u1, 2
.7.9-2+deb8u2), libpython2.7-minimal:amd64 (2.7.9-2+deb8u1, 2.7.9-2+deb8u2)
End-Date: 2018-10-16  15:21:28

So far the security updates for the Jessie kernel have stayed in the 3.16.* range, and I doubt if that will change.

A few weeks ago I ran a test "dist-upgrade" to Stretch and was surprised to see that it installed Exim. I don't use an MTA and Jessie didn't have one when I installed it, so I guess this is something new. I prefer a minimal image like Jessie. (If I needed an MTA I would use Exim, but other people might want to use something else.)

So far I haven't seen any problems with Jessie and it should be okay until June 30, 2020.



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