Monthly report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2022

Like each month, have a look at the work funded by Freexian’s Debian LTS offering.

Debian project funding

Two projects are currently in the pipeline: Gradle enterprise and Tryton update. Progress is quite slow on the Gradle one, there are technical difficulties. The tryton one was stalled because the developer had not enough time but seems to progress smoothly in the last weeks.

In April, we put aside 2635 EUR to fund Debian projects.

We’re looking forward to receive more projects from various Debian teams! Learn more about the rationale behind this initiative in this article.

Debian LTS contributors

In April, 11 contributors have been paid to work on Debian LTS, their reports are available:

Evolution of the situation

In April we released 21 DLAs and we were glad to welcome a new customer with Alter Way.

The security tracker currently lists 72 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file has 71 packages needing an update.

It is worth pointing out that we are getting close to the end of the LTS period for Debian 9. After June 30th, no new security updates will be made available on security.debian.org.

But Freexian and its team of paid Debian contributors will continue to maintain Debian 9 going forward for the customers of the Extended LTS offer. If you have Debian 9 servers to keep secure, it’s time to subscribe!

You might not have noticed, but Freexian formalized a mission statement where we explain that our purpose is to help improve Debian. For this, we want to fund work time for the Debian developers that recently joined Freexian as collaborators. The Extended LTS and the PHP LTS offers are built following a model that will help us to achieve this if we manage to have enough customers for those offers. So consider subscribing: you help your organization but you also help Debian!

Thanks to our sponsors

Sponsors that joined recently are in bold.

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