We’re pleased to announce the availability of Debian 7.0 (release notes) and Ubuntu 13.04 (release notes) for deployment within the Linode Manager in both 32 and 64 bit flavors. You can read our documentation in the Linode Library if you are unsure of how to deploy a Linux distribution in the Linode Manager.
Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) will be supported one year after the next major Debian release. The Debian project currently operates on a two-year release cycle, so the estimated EOL date is sometime in 2016. The 13.04 release of Ubuntu (Raring Ringtail) will be supported by Canonical until January of 2014. If you require a release of Ubuntu with a longer support life you can deploy Ubuntu 12.04 LTS which has support until April of 2017.
In addition to these new distribution offerings, we’ve updated our Debian 6 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS images. The Debian 6 image includes updated system packages and the removal of nfs-common and portmap. The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS image has been updated to Ubuntu 12.04.2 which includes a fix for the bug mentioned in our availability announcement in addition to the removal of the whoopsie package.