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[security-announce] SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 has entered Extended Maintenance
  • From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 22:25:18 +0100
  • Message-id: <20080206212518.GC29613@xxxxxxx>

With the release of a Squid security fix on December 30 2007 we have
entered a new maintenance phase for the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
(SLES 8) line of products.

Following product life time changes become active as of now:

1. Extended Maintenance for a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 subset

Following subset of products have now entered extended maintenance:

- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86 (Intel 32bit)
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM S/390 and IBM zSeries (S/390 31bit)

Using this maintenance extension requires an additional subscription.

The conditions and how-to-buy for the extension are shown in the
following 2 page document:

To migrate your machine to SLES 8 Extended Maintenance, replace in the files:
the line (if present):
=YouPath: i386/update/SuSE-SLES/8
=YouPath: i386/update/SuSE-SLES/8-EXTENDED
(replace i386 by s390 for the the S/390 version).

2. End of Life for the rest of the SLES 8 architectures

Following products have reached End of Life, support for them is
discontinued and no more updates will be published for them:

- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64 (AMD 64bit)
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF (Intel Itanium)
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM zSeries (IBM zSeries 64bit)
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries (IBM

Currently the following additional SUSE Linux Enterprise Server products exist
and are in maintenance (regular / extended maintenance):

- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (regular maintenance until July
30th 2009)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (regular maintenance until July
31st 2011)

Please see the product lifecycle page at
for more information.

So lets take a look back at the history of SLES 8...

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 was released end of October 2002, making its
regular maintenance lifetime 5 years.

SLES 8 was based on the UnitedLinux development also done by SUSE which
was a cooperation between SUSE, Caldera, Connectiva and TurboLinux.

The Linux kernel was originally 2.4.19, but was upgraded to 2.4.21 base with
Service Pack 3.

Some statistics regarding our online updates:

Total: 696 (367 active)
Security: 517 (251 active)
Recommended: 156 (104 active)
Optional: 21 ( 12 active)
YAST: 2 ( 0 active)

Top issues (with 5 or more updates):
32 kernel
26 mod_php4
20 ethereal
14 mozilla
13 samba
13 cups
11 squid
9 openssl
9 mysql
8 sendmail
8 openssh
8 cyrus-imapd
7 libpng
7 heimdal
7 gpg
7 cvs
6 xshared
6 timezone
6 rsync
6 openldap2
5 tcpdump
5 snort
5 ruby
5 qt3
5 mc
5 libtiff
5 laus
5 java2
5 fetchmail
5 dhcp-server
5 bind9
5 apache

Ciao, Marcus
Working, but not speaking, for the following german company:
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nuernberg)
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