DEB.SURY.ORG and Freexian join forces

Dear Patronesses, Patrons and all users of my repositories,
I am  happy to announce that DEB.SURY.ORG has joined forces with Freexian to provide commercial support for DEB.SURY.ORG PHP packages for Debian including Debian 8 Jessie (Extended LTS), Debian 8 Stretch (LTS) and Debian 10 Buster.

A quite a lot of you have been asking for continuous Debian Jessie support even past the respective end-of-life date. As you might (or might not) know, the whole Debian LTS project is being funded via Freexian, a company set up by Debian Developer Raphaël Hertzog, and that's the  reason why I am collaborating on this project with Raphaël. Cooperation with Freexian has several benefits for you as users of my packages:

  • There will be continuity in case I am unable to update the packages (as I am only a human and I need some time off sometimes)
  • This cooperation will allow me to provide Debian 8 Jessie packages again.
  • Freexian brings the supported Debian 8 Jessie Extended LTS services, so I can provide PHP packages with a free consciousness that people using my PHP packages won't be running vulnerable systems.
  • I am bringing my full 10+ year expertise in packaging the PHP ecosystems to Freexian

If you are interested in Debian 8 Jessie PHP packages, or if you want to get official support for the packages, or you just want to support the Debian LTS project, you are most welcome to either contact me (Ondřej Surý) or Freexian (Raphaël Hertzog) and we will get in touch.

We expect the Freexian service to go live in September 2020.