What defines a "Server" / which packages are supported?

Nicolas Barcet nick.barcet at canonical.com
Sun Nov 8 20:17:55 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-11-08 at 18:06 +0000, Andy Smith wrote:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases says 8.04 LTS is supported until
> 2011 on the Desktop or 2013 on the Server.
> Can anyone tell me what that officially means?  Officially what
> defines a Server install?
> Given the average install that is pointing at the hardy repositories
> and is dully updated, how would one find out which packages it has
> on it that are not supported past 2011?

What defines a server is:
 - the kernel used
 - the seed that contains each packages in main as explained in [1].

As checking which package is in which seed is a bit complex, I have been
working a script that provides the end-of-life(EOL) of each package
installed on a given system [2].

For Dapper, as the seeds where not properly organized to automate this
fully in a satisfactory manner, please refer to the email announcing the
desktop EOL [3].	

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SeedManagement
[2] https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-maintenance-check

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