Hi, due to the experiences we made after the last stable Debian release, the Testing Security Team believes that it will be impossible to provide proper security support for the new testing (Debian "squeeze") in the weeks following the release of Debian 5.0 (lenny). Therefore we will temporarily suspend security support for Debian testing after the release. If you need security support, we strongly recommend that you now change your apt sources.list entries to point to "lenny" instead of "testing". This way you will automatically stay with "lenny" after its release as stable and will receive the normal security support for Debian stable. After the begin of security support for Debian "squeeze" is announced, you may safely upgrade to testing again. There are two reasons for this suspension: After a stable release it will take some time to get the security related buildd infrastructure for the new testing in place. Since many people will be busy celebrating the release, we don't know how long this will take ;-) In addition to that, we expect that shortly after the release a new libc version will be uploaded to unstable, which will block most packages from migrating from unstable to testing. This means that no security fixes will reach testing from unstable. Since the Testing Security Team does not have enough members to backport all security fixes to testing, it will be impossible to provide proper security support. After the last stable release (etch) it took nearly two months until the new glibc reached testing. On the other hand, libc blocking most packages from migrating to testing also means that the difference between stable and testing will not grow quickly in the weeks after lenny release. Therefore staying with stable should be an acceptable solution for most users during that time. If you absolutely need newer packages, you may also consider using unstable instead of testing. The Testing Security Team
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