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Security Support for Debian 4.0 to be terminated

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 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 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 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superseded, whatever happens first.

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[1] for
possible issues, and for detailed instructions on installing and


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