Security Support for Debian 3.1 to be terminated

February 29th, 2008

Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 to be terminated on March 31st

One year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 alias sarge the security support for the old distribution (3.1 alias sarge) 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 has been released.

The Debian project released Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch on the 8th of April 2007. 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 3.1 is going to end in March 2008 as previously announced.

Previously announced security updates for the old release will continue to be available on

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are also provided for one year after the new distribution has been released or until the current distribution is superseded, whatever happens first.

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