Now that buster was released we are pleased to announce the availability of buster-backports and stretch-backports-sloppy.

What to upload where

As a reminder, uploads to a release-backports pocket are to be taken from release + 1, uploads to a release-backports-sloppy pocket are to be taken from release + 2. Which means:

Source Distribution Backports Distribution Sloppy Distribution
buster stretch-backports -
bullseye buster-backports stretch-backports-sloppy

Backports and LTS

Please keep in mind that backports doesn't follow LTS. Which means that we will drop support for oldstable (stretch) around one year after the release of buster. Thats in sync with the - official - security support for oldstable

BSA Security Advisories

We plan to switch the security-announce mailinglist to keyring based authentication, which means that every DD and DM is able to publish its own BSA advisories. We will send out a seperate announcement after the switch happened - and of course update the documentation


For packages backported from buster, so far we have 1624 different source packages in stretch-backports. Those 1624 source packages took 2821 uploads from 252 uploaders to become reality.


Thanks have to go out to all people making backports possible, and that includes up front the backporters themself who do upload the packages, track and update them on a regular basis, but also the buildd team making the autobuilding possible and the ftp masters for creating the suites in the first place.

Happy Backporting!

Alex and Rhonda - ftpmasters