Debian LTS Team Dropping Support For Certain Packages in The Repo For Wheezy
The team responsible for LTS (Long term support) support version of the Debian 7 codenamed Wheezy operating system have made their periodic announcement stating that certain packages will no longer be supported as part of the life circle of Debian OS.
As many of you aware, Debian GNU/Linux operating system which is codenamed Wheezy was launched under the LTS banner by the project team. This means that the operating system will receive numerous security and updates and fixes until May 2018.
However, as noted before, there are packages included in the Debian Wheezy repositories that will no longer receive support from the Debian LTS team and users are advised to install the Debian-security support package which will allow them to detect unsupported packages in the repositories.
Among the most notable packages that are no long receiving support include vlc 2.0.3-5+deb7u2, mediawiki 1:1.19.20+dfsg-0+deb7u3, sogo 1.3.16-1, and libv8 126.96.36.199-2.
It should be noted that there are numerous other packages that won’t be receiving support and those Debian 7 users who really need these packages to get their works done are advised by the Debian LTS team to upgrade to the latest stable version of the operating system which is Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie.”
Additionally, users should be aware that though, the MediaWiki support has been dropped from the Debian “Jessie” branch as well. If you want to find out which software won’t receive support in your Debian distribution, we recommend instaling the Debian-security-support package and run it from time to time to find out their status.