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Re: Announcing Wheezy LTS via debian-security-announce

Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote:
> Justin B Rye wrote:
>>> As of today the standard security support for Wheezy came to an end, one
>>> year after the release of Debian 8.0 alias "Jessie" and nearly three
>>> years after the release of Debian 7.0 alias "Wheezy". The Debian Long
>>> Term Support Team (LTS) will take over security support now.
>> "As of today" with past tense seems odd; I'd use:
> But you shouldn't send this note on the day of the end of wheezy support, but
> rather a few days earlier. So rather say something like "On 25th of April the
> standard security support for Wheezy comes to end end"

In case anyone's wondering, this wouldn't make any difference to the
tense situation - "On/As of [future date] X happens" is fine.  But
again, styleguides frown upon ordinals in dates (oh, and I'd missed
one in the Java EOL section).

Thanks to Victory for pointing out the inconsistent numbering; we
could add a bit more wordage to make it clear we're talking about
stable releases rather than minor updates, but I'd prefer not to.

New draft:

Security support for Wheezy handed over to the LTS team

As of 25 April, one year after the release of Debian 8, alias "Jessie",
and nearly three years after the release of Debian 7, alias "Wheezy",
regular security support for Wheezy comes to an end. The Debian Long
Term Support (LTS) Team will take over security support.

Information for users

Wheezy LTS will be supported from 26 April 2016 to 31 May 2018.

For Debian 7 Wheezy LTS there will be no requirement to add a separate
wheezy-lts suite to your sources.list any more and your current setup
will continue to work without further changes.

For how to use Debian Long Term Support please read


Important information and changes regarding Wheezy LTS can be found at


Most notably OpenJDK 7 will be made the new Java default JRE/JDK on 26
June 2016 to ensure full security support until Wheezy LTS reaches its

You should also subscribe to the announcement mailing list for
security updates for Wheezy LTS:


A few packages are not covered by the Wheezy LTS support. These can be
detected by installing the debian-security-support package. If
debian-security-support detects an unsupported package which is critical
to you, please get in touch with debian-lts@lists.debian.org.

Mailing lists

The whole coordination of the Debian LTS effort is handled through the
debian-lts mailing list:


Please subscribe or follow us via GMANE (gmane.linux.debian.devel.lts)

Aside from the debian-lts-announce list, there is also a list for
following all uploads in Wheezy LTS:


Security Tracker

All information on the status of vulnerabilities (e.g. if the version in
Wheezy LTS happens to be unaffected while Jessie is affected) will be
tracked in the Debian Security Tracker:


If you happen to spot an error in the data, please see


[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2014/msg00119.html

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