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SUSE Linux Advisory: SuSE Linux 7.3 End of Life

Dec 04, 2003, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])

Dear suse-security-announce subscribers and SUSE LINUX users,

having provided security-relevant fixes for version 7.3 of our home user product, SuSE Linux, for two years, we would like to inform you that SuSE Linux 7.3 will be discontinued for all architectures. Vulnerabilities found after December 15th 2003 will not be fixed any more for SuSE Linux 7.3.

By consequence, the SuSE Linux 7.3 distribution directories on our ftp server ftp ftp.suse.com will be moved to the /pub/suse/discontinued/ directory tree structure; the 7.3 directories in the update trees will follow later in January 2004.

The discontinuation of SuSE Linux 7.3 enables us to focus on the SUSE LINUX distributions of a newer release date to ensure that our customers can continuously take advantage of the quality that they are used to with SUSE LINUX products.

This announcement holds true for SuSE Linux 7.3 only. As usual, SUSE will continue to provide update packages for the following home users distributions:

SuSE Linux 8.0
SuSE Linux 8.1
SuSE Linux 8.2
for a two-year period after the release of the respective distribution.

Please note that the maintenance cycles of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server products and products based on the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server operating system are not affected by this announcement. To learn more about SUSE LINUX business products, please visit

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact SUSE security at <<A HREF="mailto:security@suse.de">security@suse.de>.

Best regards,
Roman Drahtmüller,
SUSE Security.