Security Support for Debian 3.0 to be terminated

June 1st, 2006

Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 to be terminated on June 30th

More than one year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 alias 'sarge' and nearly four years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias 'woody' the security support for the old distribution (3.0 alias 'woody') is coming to an end next month. The Debian project is proud to be able to support its old distribution for such a long time and even for one year after a new version was released.

The Debian project released Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 alias 'sarge' on the 6th of June 2005. 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 3.0 is going to end in June 2006 as previously announced.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias 'woody' was released on July 19th 2002. Security updates for this release are going to be distributed via until the end of June 2006. Older updates will continued to be available on until December 2006. This reflects a supported lifetime of nearly four years.

Security Updates

The Debian Security Team provides security updates for the current distribution via <>. Security updates for the old distribution are also provided for one year after the new distribution has been released or until the current distribution is superseded, whatever happens first.

About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible. Debian 3.1 is another important step in that direction.

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