How will Debian 7 end of life affect me?
On 31st May 2018, Debian 7 “Wheezy” reaches end of life (EOL).
We recommend that you update to Debian 9 “Stretch”.
Over time technology and security evolves, new bugs are fixed and new threats prevented, so in order to maintain a secure infrastructure it is important to keep all software and systems up to date. Once an operating system reaches end of life it no longer receives updates so will end up left with known security holes.
Operating systems are key to security, providing the libraries and technologies behind NGINX, Apache and anything else running your application. Old operating systems don’t support the latest technologies which new releases of software depend on, leading to compatibility issues.
Leaving old Debian 7 systems past May 2018 leaves you at risk to:
- Security vulnerabilities of the system in question
- Making your network more vulnerable as a whole
- Software incompatibility
- Compliance issues (PCI)
- Poor performance and reliability
Debian End of life dates:
- Debian 7 : 31st May 2018
- Debian 8 : April 2020
- Debian 9: June 2022
Just picking up your files and moving them from Debian 7 to Debian 9 will speed up your site due to the newer software.
- Apache 2.2.22 -> Apache 2.4.25
- PHP 5.4 -> PHP 7.0
- MySQL 5.5 -> MariaDB 10.1
Are you still using an old operating system?
Want to upgrade?
Not sure if this effects you?
Drop us a line and see what we can do for you!
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