Dedicated Server OS many years out of date?



According to the DreamHost page advertising dedicated servers:

“Our dedicated server experts will keep all server software up to date and monitor the performance of your server 24/7/365 so you can rest easy and focus on your business. It’s fully managed dedicated hosting from DreamHost.”

But from what I can tell, our company’s dedicated server is running Debian 5.0.9, which hit End Of Life in 2012…

It may have been set to “unmanaged” in 08/14 to fix the limit on connections per IP being set too low, but prior to that was always set “managed”, why is the OS so severely out of date?


Ouch, Debian 5 is indeed very old. I recommend contacting live support to ask if you can upgrade to Debian 6 or Ubuntu.


Hello, can you tell me how to know what is installed on my dedicated ? Thank you.


login to your server via ssh and try the command


if you need the kernel version try

I believe most dedicated servers were moved to a new data center and upgraded to new hardware running Ubuntu 12.04 a year or so ago. I’m not sure if newer DS’s get newer software versions.