Traditionally, Debian manages security support of a given stable release until the next stable release plus one year. Roughly, this amounts to 3 years which is not enough for many organizations and does not allow to deploy version N+2 once N is no longer supported. The Debian LTS team wants to fix this by extending the security support of Debian releases to at least 5 years:
To achieve this goal, and properly cover all Debian packages, Freexian organizes a corporate sponsorship campaign with the goal of funding the equivalent of a full time position that will in fact be split over multiple Debian contributors who are established as independent workers. Here is a (manually updated) progress bar showing the current funding level (it is a number of hours per month, with an hourly rate of 85 EUR/hour):
If you are not yet convinced, here are seven reasons why you should help fund the Debian Long Term Support initiative (LTS):
|Funding level (time per month)||15 min.||30 min.||1 h.||2 h.||3 h.||4 h.||6 h.||1 day||2 days||3 days|
|Packages to prioritize||Weighted on the amount sponsored|
|Thanked as sponsor:||Bronze||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Private mailing list|
|Direct contact to LTS staff|
|Submit your own test cases|
|Monthly payment (in EUR)||N/A||€255||€340||€510||€680||€1360||€2040|
|Quarterly payment (in EUR)||N/A||€255||€510||€765||€1020||€1530||€2040||€4080||€6120|
|Biyearly payment (in EUR)||N/A||€255||€510||€1020||€1530||€2040||€3060||€4080||€8160||€12240|
|Yearly payment (in EUR)||€255||€510||€1020||€2040||€3060||€4080||€6120||€8160||€16320||€24480|
Once you have submitted your subscription form, Freexian will prepare an invoice and send it to you for immediate payment. For companies in SEPA countries, payment by SEPA Direct Debit is preferred. For other countries, PayPal subscriptions offer a convenient way to automate the payments (see forms below). In both cases, traditional wire transfers are also possible (IBAN+BIC are on the invoice).
|Monthly subscription||Quarterly subscription|
|Biyearly subscription||Yearly subscription|
If you want to know more about this initiative, check out this page. It gives the context on the Debian side as well as supplementary information about the benefits. The FAQ will also try to clear up any doubt that you might have.
Even though the target has not yet been reached, the project is underway. Freexian is paying Debian contributors to work on Debian LTS and they are doing their best to keep the packages used by sponsors of this initiative as secure as possible. Checkout Freexian's monthly reports on Raphaël Hertzog's blog.
Although the aim of those contracts is to fund work time to Debian developers, those contracts are managed by Freexian and not by Software in the Public Interest (the legal entity representing the Debian project).