Security Support for Debian 4.0 to be terminated -- Update!
Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 to be terminated on February 15th
One year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias „lenny” and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias „etch” the security support for the old distribution (4.0 alias „etch”) is coming to an end next month.
The Debian project released Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias „lenny” on the 15th of February 2009. Users and Distributors have been given a one-year timeframe to upgrade their old installations to the current stable release. Hence, the security support for the old release of 4.0 is going to end in February 2010 as previously announced.
Previously announced security updates for the old release will continue
to be available on security.debian.org.
Upgrading to Debian 5.0 alias „lenny”
Upgrades to Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 from the previous release, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias „etch” are automatically handled by the aptitude package management tool for most configurations, and to a certain degree also by the apt-get package management tool. As always, Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the release notes for possible issues, and for detailed instructions on installing and upgrading.