Linux News Today: Debian GNU/Linux 7 "Wheezy" Has Become an LTS Release, Supported Until May 2018
The Debian Project has informed the community that the regular security support for the Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy” operating system has reached end of life on April 25, 2016.
What this means exactly is that the security support for the entire Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy” series has been handed over to the Debian LTS (Long Term Support) Team, which will provide critical security patches and software updates for users for the next two years, starting today, April 26, 2016, until May 31, 2018.
“As of 25 April, one year after the release of Debian 8, alias ‘Jessie’, and nearly three years after the release of Debian 7, alias ‘Wheezy’, regular security support for Wheezy comes to an end. The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Team will take over security support,” reads the announcement.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re using Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy”
If you are currently running the Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy” operating system on your computer(s), you need to know that there’s no need to add a separate “wheezy-lts” suite to your sources.list file in order to continue to receive LTS support for the distribution via the official software repositories.
Your Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy” installation will continue to function just the way it did until April 25, 2016. Again, there’s no need to do any modification to your current setup. Also important is the fact that OpenJDK 7 will become the new default Java JRE/JDK starting June 26, 2016, ensuring full security support until May 31, 2018.
If you still have questions, please read the LTS/Using on how to use the Debian Long Term Support. If you want to receive information about security updates for Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy” LTS, you need to subscribe to the respective announcement mailing list.
Lastly, you should be aware of the fact that some packages won’t be supported anymore, so you’ll have to install the “debian-security-support” package to detect them, and if you happen to find one that is critical for your infrastructure, please report it over to the Debian LTS Team.