The DEBIAN OPERATING SYSTEM has reached version 8.0 as the company announces the latest edition of the popular Linux distro.
The Debian 'Jessie' release information says: "After almost 24 months of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (codename Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team."
New in this release is a default init system called systemd offering what Debian claims offers faster boot times, cgroups for services and part isolation of services. If that's not your bag, however, sysvinit is still available.
The United Extendable Firmware Interface has seen improvements including workarounds for known bugs and support on 32-bit systems. 32-bit native firmware is now supported on 64-bit kernels too.
Debian includes over 20,000 packages and the team has created a new search functionality to find them. Other highlights include new versions of MariaDB, MySQL, PHP, Python, Samba, Tomcat, Xen Hypervisor, Xfc and GNU, making for a library of 43,000 ready to use software packages.
Debian 7 ('Wheezy') can be made with no forced downtime, while the system supports 10 architectures and every conceivable connection route for newcomers.
Debian was one of the Linux distros singled out by Qualys for a security problem known as Ghost earlier this year, but it is one of the most venerable operating systems in the Linux pantheon.
A version of Wheezy was made for Raspberry Pi last year, alongside the usual 'Raspian' fork, and support for the build your own computer continues to thrive.
In keeping with Debian's ethics, Jessie will be supported for at least five years, and there will be few reasons not to have updated by then anyway as upgrades are free. µ
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