Linux News Today: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 LTS "Squeeze" to Reach End-of-Life on February 29, 2016
Today, February 12, 2016, the Debian Project has announced that the long-term supported Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (Squeeze) is about to reach end-of-life (EOL) in approximately two weeks, on February 29, 2016.
Initially released five years ago, on February 6, 2011, the Debian GNU/Linux 6.x branch, which many of you out there know as “Squeeze,” had ten point releases, the last one being Debian 6.0.10, announced one and a half years ago, on July 19, 2014. Starting February 29, 2016, the Debian Squeeze series will no longer receive support.
What this means is that, beginning with March 1, the Debian Project will not provide security patches, bug fixes, and software updates to the official software repositories of the Debian GNU/Linux 6.x “Squeeze” operating system. Therefore, if you still use this branch, you have two weeks to migrate your system to a supported Debian OS.
“The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Team hereby announces that Debian 6.0 (‘Squeeze’) support will reach its end-of-life on February 29, 2016, five years after its initial release on February 6, 2011,” reads today’s announcement. “There will be no further security support for Debian 6.0.”
Users need to upgrade to a recent Debian release
The Debian developers suggest users who are still running Debian 6 (Squeeze) to upgrade their installations to the Debian 7 (Wheezy) series, for which they will provide long-term support for five years, until May 2018. Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 “Wheezy” is currently the old-stable release of the project, but the Debian LTS team plans on taking over support from the Security Team on April 26, 2016.
Details on how to upgrade Debian 6.0 to 7.0 can be found at https://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/i386/release-notes/ch-upgrading.html. We also recommend that you move to a more recent stable release of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, the Debian 8.0 (Jessie) series.