Debian Extended LTS by Freexian

This service provides security support for Debian 7 Wheezy (until June 2020) and Debian 8 Jessie (from July 2020 onwards), albeit only on the subset of packages used by the customers of this service.


This service is an extension of the regular Debian LTS support already managed by Debian contributors funded by Freexian with the money collected among many sponsors.

To make this possible and sustainable, there are supplementary restrictions:

  • we support only the packages used by the sponsors
  • we provide updates for the amd64 and i386 architectures only
  • we don’t support the Linux kernel

Each sponsor provides the list of packages that they want to see supported. Freexian makes an estimation of the workload (and thus cost) associated to each of those packages. The cost of each package is split among all the sponsors that are using this package.

Sponsors are invoiced bi-yearly for the exact amount needed to support their packages. The amount will vary as sponsors are leaving (or joining) the program. Each sponsor defines a time limit and/or a cost limit for each semester.

Debian 7 Wheezy support

  • We don’t support packages that were marked as unsupported by by the Debian security/LTS teams: see list in git repository
  • We don’t support the Linux 3.2 kernel in wheezy, the sponsors are expected to upgrade to Linux 3.16 from jessie (though we will likely provide a backport of the package)
  • The service will end on June 30th, 2020.

Debian 8 Jessie support

Organizations interested in getting security support for Debian 8 should get in touch with us with their list of source package that they want to see supported (see instructions here for example).

Not all packages can be supported by our ELTS offering:

  • packages that have already been marked as unsupported by the Debian security/LTS teams are not supported: see list in git repository
  • linux: we don’t provide security support for Linux 3.16 in Jessie but we will continue to provide a backport of Linux 4.9 (coming from Debian 9) that should work in Debian 8
  • libav will not be supported
  • openjdk-7 will not be supported, if you need a supported OpenJDK, we can possibly look into maintaining an openjdk-8 backport. Let us know if you need this!
  • mariadb-10.0: it’s EOL at the upstream level, again if you are interested in a security-supported backport of a newer version, let us know.
  • tomcat7: we can only support it until March 2021 (date of upstream EOL)