If I am running an 'unsupported' version of Linux, which is based on Debian, is there any way that I can still get the updates from debian systems as they are released? OR am I stuck waiting on the developers to release patches for the Operating system which I am running ?


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  • That depends. If it's merely minor changes, adding the Debian security repo to your apt could work. But that's all speculation in the wind. Also, off-topic here. – Tobi Nary Jun 5 '16 at 11:31

As SmokeDispenser says, it depends on exactly which distribution you're using. In most cases you'd be better off upgrading to a supported release...

You can always try adding the Debian security updates to your apt setup, they probably won't break anything. First you need to determine which version of Debian your distribution is based on; then

  • if it's based on Debian 7 (Wheezy), use Wheezy LTS (only on amd64, armel, armhf and i386):

    echo deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheezy-security.list
  • if it's based on Debian 8 (Jessie), use the standard security updates:

    echo deb http://security.debian.org jessie/updates main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jessie-security.list

If it's older than that, you won't get any support from Debian either.

Depending on how your distribution builds upon Debian, you may need to add the standard (non-security) Debian repositories as well; either

echo deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheezy.list

for Debian 7, or

echo deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jessie.list

for Debian 8.

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