Debian 8 Jessie is officially unsupported

June 30th was the last day on Debian 8 Jessie would receive any support by the Debian developers and this is how this version of the popular Linux distribution it was tagged as an unsupported version and which the developers recommended if you are in it, upgrade to the next supported version.

With this, the maintenance period for the LTS branch of Debian 8 Jessie which was formed in 2015, It has come to an end.

Releasing updates for the LTS version Debian 8 Jessie fIt was done by a separate group of developers from the LTS team, consisting of enthusiasts and representatives of companies interested in long-term delivery of updates for Debian.

The initiative group has already started to form a new LTS branch based on Debian 9 "Stretch", whose regular support expires on July 18, 2020.

The LTS team took the baton of the security team and will continue to work without interruption. The release of updates for Debian 9 will run until June 30, 2022 (in the future, LTS support will be provided for Debian 10, the updates of which will be released until 2024).

The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) team announces that support for Debian 8 jessie has reached the end of its life cycle on June 30, 2020, five years after its initial publication on April 26, 2015.

Debian will no longer provide security updates for Debian 8. Third parties will support a subset of the packages. jessie. Detailed information can be found at Extended LTS.

The LTS team will prepare the transition to Debian 9 stretch, which is the current "old stable" version. The LTS team took over the support, relieving the security team, on July 6, 2020, and the latest version of stretch will be published on July 18, 2020.

Debian 9 will also receive long-term support for five years after its initial release, ending its support on June 30, 2022. The amd64, i386, armel, and armhf architectures are still supported. And furthermore, we are pleased to announce that, for the first time, support will be expanded to include the arm64 architecture.

As with Debian 8, LTS support for Debian 9 and Debian 10 will apply to i386, amd64, armel, and armhf architectures only, with a total support period of 5 years.

At the same time, the end of LTS support does not mean the end of the life cycle Debian 8.0 Jessie as part of the extended program »Extended LTS«, Freexian expressed its willingness to release updates before June 30, 2022 with its own efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities in a limited set of packages for amd64, armel and i386 architectures.

Support will not cover packages like Linux 3.16 kernel (Debian 4.9 "Stretch" backed kernel 9 will be offered), openjdk-7 (openjdk-8 will be offered), mariadb-10.0, libav and tomcat7 (maintenance will last until March 2021) Updates are distributed through an external repository maintained by Freexian. Access is free for everyone, and the range of packages supported depends on the total number of sponsors and packages that interest them.

It should be noted that this version of Debian was a version that marked various changes within the distribution and is that the best known was the change to systemd as the default init system which caused a division in the community.

Another of the changes that stood out was the support for the arm64 architectures (AArch64 64-bit architecture) and ppc64el (architecture for Power 7+ and Power 8 processors in little endian mode and with Open Power ELFv2 ABI).

Besides that it was a version that included significant improvements for the boot support in systems with UEFI and that added support for UEFI on 32-bit systems and the ability to boot a 64-bit Linux kernel in a 32-bit UEFI environment.

Finally if you want to know more about it About the news, you can check the details in the original announcement, the link is this.

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  1.   luix said

    Let's hope our friends at devuan continue to support the equivalent;