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SQL Server on Linux: No More GDR Repos

Amit Khandelwal makes an announcement:

We would like to announce the recent change made to the Announcing the Modern Servicing Model for SQL Server – Microsoft Tech Community   that applies for SQL Server on Linux/Container releases only. 

We are moving forward with a Linux apt mainstream servicing lifecycle for SQL Server 2017 and later:

1. For SQL Server 2017 and above we will only have Cumulative Update (CU) based General Distribution Releases (GDRs), thus simplifying it for users to download the required updates through one single branch which is the CU (Cumulative Update) branch.  Users need to subscribe and use only one single repository, that is the CU repository, to get all the critical fixes, product improvements or bug fixes.

2. The RTM (Release to Manufacturing) based GDR repository that contained base SQL Server release, critical fixes and security updates since that release, will be removed. As they worked only for older Linux distributions (RHEL 7, Ubuntu 16.04 & SLES 12). 

Read on for the consequences of this.