Tool-forge users can ignore this email, it only concerns VPS
Long ago, the Wikimedia Operations team made the decision to phase
out use of Ubuntu servers in favor of Debian. It's a long, slow process
that is still ongoing, but in production Trusty is running on an
ever-shrinking minority of our servers.
As Trusty becomes more of an odd duck in production, it grows
harder to support in Cloud Services as well. Right now we have no
planned timeline for phasing out Trusty instances (there are 238 of
them!) but in anticipation of that phase-out we'd like to discourage the
addition of new Trusty hosts to the cloud.
Step one is to prevent people from creating new Trusty images
unless they really, really need them. We would like to remove Trusty
from the default available list of base images and make it available for
new VMs only via special request on phabricator. The questions for you are:
1) Would that change make your life a lot harder?
2) If yes, can you name a date after which it /won't/ make your life harder?
If the loss of Trusty doesn't worry you, feel free to ignore this
email. In the event of a silent (or relatively quiet) response, I'll
pull Trusty from the default image list sometime in the next few weeks.
- Andrew (+ the rest of the Cloud team)