[Koha] Support for Debian 6 (squeeze), Ubuntu 12.04 (precise) going away

Robin Sheat robin at catalyst.net.nz
Mon Apr 20 12:28:53 NZST 2015

Come the release of Koha 3.20 (towards the end of May), support for
Debian 6 (squeeze) and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (precise pangolin) will be
dropped from the Debian packages. This won't affect Koha 3.18, which
will continue to support these distros until it's no longer being

This is due to the increasing difficulty of supporting features
requiring modern OS infrastructure as more things are added to Koha.
Essentially, backporting more and more libraries was becoming difficult
and it's safer to upgrade the OS.

Support for Debian 7 (wheezy) and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (trusty) will remain
for the next couple of years I expect.

On the 25th of April, Debian's next version (8 (jessie)) will be
released. As of right now, Koha packages may not work with it due to
minor dependency issues. If you are planning to upgrade to that, keep an
eye on:


which will be coming to a release near you very soon I hope.

Robin Sheat
Catalyst IT Ltd.
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