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Are upcoming releases of VyOS really based on EOL out-of-LTS versions of Debian?
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Asked by beamerblvd on Feb 6 2018, 12:52 PM.


Debian version support is as follows:

  • 6.0 "Squeeze," LTS ended February 2016 (END OF LIFE now for two years)
  • 7.0 "Wheezy," LTS began April 2016, ends May 2018 (END OF LIFE in three months)
  • 8.0 "Jessie," LTS begins June 2018, ends April 2020
  • 9.0 "Stretch," LTS begins 2020, ends June 2022

And yet the VyOS version history wiki page says:

  • Released VyOS 1.1.x is based on EOL Squeeze
  • Unreleased VyOS 1.2.x will be based on EOL Squeeze
  • Unreleased VyOS 2.0 will be based on Jessie, halfway through (or worse) LTS by the time it's released.

I have grave concerns about this, and it makes me question the feasibility of VyOS as a modern, secure product going forward. As much as it pains me to say it, I understand that it may be too little too late for 1.2, but I strongly feel it should target Jessie or, at the very least, Wheezy. But, worse, I'm afraid that targeting Jessie for 2.0 is setting us up for being perpetually beyond LTS for all future versions to come.

Answer Summary

According to @c-po and @syncer, this documentation is simply out of date:

In T537#11632, @c-po wrote:

VyOS 1.2.x (all nightly builds) is based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)
VyOS 1.3.x is planned to be based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)

So the documentation will be updated to reflect correct Debian versions, to reflect 1.1.8 as the current stable, and to reflect 1.3.x as another planned version. C-po didn't indicate which version 2.0.x will be based on, but I imagine it's at least stretch, since that's what 1.3.x is based on.

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