Debian 8 "Jessie" LTS FAQ
- What architectures are supported?
- What about architectures other than i386/amd64/armel/armhf?
- How much resources does the LTS team have?
- What is the time frame for Jessie/Stretch LTS?
- Who will provide updates for LTS?
- Where can bugs be reported?
- Who fixes security issues with packages in jessie-backports?
- Can unattended upgrades be used on LTS after it stops being oldstable?
- How can I install Jessie now?
- I have another question about LTS. Whom can I ask?
What architectures are supported?
i386, amd64, armel and armhf.
Additionally, a few packages will not be supported in the LTS version of the release, primarily some web-based applications which cannot be supported for the additional timeframe. The tool check-support-status from the package debian-security-support helps to detect such unsupported packages.
What about architectures other than i386/amd64/armel/armhf?
Those architectures are currently not supported by the Debian LTS team. If you have computers using those architectures you should always use the latest stable release of Debian.
The LTS team supports architectures that provide value to classes of users interested in LTS support. Currently this means that the architecture must have significant server deployments or must be used in big (desktop) deployments.
How much resources does the LTS team have?
The work is handled by volunteers and by paid contributors. The latter rely mainly on sponsorship collected through Freexian. Freexian's reports show how much hours are sponsored and what has been done during those hours.
What is the time frame for Jessie/Stretch LTS?
See dates on the main page.
Who will provide updates for LTS?
The release will not be handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a success (with some overlap in people involved). Companies using Debian who are interested in aiding this effort should contact the mailing list debian-lts.
Where can bugs be reported?
Please report bugs that you found in the packages to the debian-lts mailing list. The bar for severity will be raised (minor issues will no longer be fixed).
Who fixes security issues with packages in jessie-backports?
jessie-backports is no longer being updated, so no security issues in this suite will be fixed.
Can unattended upgrades be used on LTS after it stops being oldstable?
UnattendedUpgrades should work, but you should make sure that all your installed packages are supported. If you want to know how to check if packages get updates, see LTS/FAQ#What_architectures_are_supported? for details. To get more informations about updates for packages from the backports, see the previous question on who fixes security issues in backports.
How can I install Jessie now?