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Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian adds Security Support for AMD64                  press@debian.org
August 11th, 2005               http://www.debian.org/News/2005/20050811

Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

The Debian project adds security support for the stable amd64
distribution.  This port is not yet part of the Debian archive, but it
will be included in unstable/testing soon and users already benefit
from security updates distributed via security.debian.org.

A special advisory will be released soon by the security team to cover
newly built amd64 packages for all security updates since the release
of sarge.  These packages will replace already existing files in the
proposed-updates directory in the amd64 archive.

Because the project has released version 3.1 (codename: sarge) of its
distribution without the amd64 port due to technical reasons, the
porters have released their packages on a different server with only
minimal differences to the Debian 3.1 archive.  This port will be
included in the unstable and testing distribution soon.

As a first step to adding full support for the amd64 port the
ftpmasters have added this architecture to security.debian.org and
connected a new build daemon to the archive.  Future security
advisories will therefore list 12 architectures for the sarge release
and users of this port will be able to use the regular source for
security updates as well.

Future Plans for full AMD64 Support

Several issues have to be resolved before the amd64 port can be fully
included.  Most importantly the ftpmaster service needs to be moved to
its final destination, as its former hosting offer has been terminated
and it is now hosted in a temporary location.  A detailed list of
things to do follows:

 1. Add security support
 2. Move ftpmaster to its final location
 3. Implement the archive split
 4. Add amd64 architecture
 5. Rebuild the archive with regards to amd64
 6. Eventually have full support for amd64

Resources for the AMD64 Port

Security Updates
  deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main

CD and DVD Images

AMD64 Packages
  deb http://amd64.debian.net/debian main

AMD64 Mirror List

Differences to Debian 3.1

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