Debian 8 released

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Debian 8 Jesse released

Many Linux users have been waiting patiently for the next version of Debian. Well, the wait is over, Debian 8 Jesse has been released. You can download Debian 8 right now for various platforms.

The Debian site has full details about Debian 8 Jesse:

After almost 24 months of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name "Jessie"), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team.

"Jessie" ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides many exciting features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in "Jessie".

The UEFI ("Unified Extensible Firmware Interface") support introduced in "Wheezy" has also been greatly improved in Jessie. This includes workarounds for many known firmware bugs, support for UEFI on 32-bit systems, and support for 64-bit kernels with 32-bit UEFI firmware (with the latter being included only on our amd64/i386 "multi-arch" installation media).

This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as:

Apache 2.4.10
Asterisk 11.13.1
GIMP 2.8.14
an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.14
GNU Compiler Collection 4.9.2
Icedove 31.6.0 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
Iceweasel 31.6.0esr (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.11.13
LibreOffice 4.3.3
Linux 3.16.7-ckt9
MariaDB 10.0.16 and MySQL 5.5.42
Nagios 3.5.1
OpenJDK 7u75
Perl 5.20.2
PHP 5.6.7
PostgreSQL 9.4.1
Python 2.7.9 and 3.4.2
Samba 4.1.17
Tomcat 7.0.56 and 8.0.14
Xen Hypervisor 4.4.1
the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment
more than 43,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from nearly 20,100 source packages.

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Linux redditors shared their thoughts about Debian 8:

Pred: "Ugh, just dist-upgraded; apparently support of legacy Radeon cards (HD4870 in this case) is far enough behind to cause major problems. You know a day is going to be good if it starts off in xorg.conf."

Pmsm1100: "It's such a shame that LibreOffice 4.4 couldn't get on this release. :("

Tekmo: "...if you are like me and wondering why the updates don't show up after apt-get update, you may have your /etc/apt/sources.list file pinned to wheezy. You either have to update it to replace all occurrences of "wheezy" with "jessie" or you can use "stable" to keep tracking the stable distribution."

Tiver: "I swapped a few weeks ago to Jessie but unfortunately ran into an issue with my server then proceeding to crash once a day. I've since verified it occurs in upstream kernel too, but since i found I could drop back to the Wheezy kernel and machine is stable again I've been lazy on gathering the data to submit a kernel bug.

Seems to be related to ATA devices. unsurprising since this machine's primary purpose is a fileserver."

Sapiophile: "...But with 78 Release Critical bugs still unresolved, unfortunately. To me, that seems a little hasty - has there ever before been a Debian release that still had outstanding RC bugs?

I can understand that everyone's eager (and so am I!), but some of those bugs are the type of stuff I'd expect from an Ubuntu release, and am surprised to see in Debian Stable. Is there anything I'm missing, here? I thought the whole point of the Debian release model was that the release date is the day that we hit 0 RC bugs, and not an arbitrary deadline.

Regardless, undying love and appreciation for all the DDs and other folks who make this wonderful distribution possible, and may Jessie be a credit to software everywhere (as I'm sure it will)!"

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