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DEBIAN 9.2 'STRETCH' BRINGS 66 SECURITY FIXES “RELEASE” IS SUPPORTED FOR 5 YEARS BY THE DEBIAN SECURITY TEAM AND DEBIAN LONG TERM SUPPORT TEAM

 
 
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DEBIAN 9.2 'STRETCH' BRINGS 66 SECURITY FIXES “RELEASE” IS SUPPORTED FOR 5 YEARS BY THE DEBIAN SECURITY TEAM AND DEBIAN LONG TERM SUPPORT TEAM
by System Administrator - Saturday, 2 December 2017, 12:07 AM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The Debian project reportedly announced the second update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename stretch). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.It is to be noted that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old stretch media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages, and most such updates are included in the point release.New installation images will be available soon at the regular locations.Upgrading an existing installation to this revision can be achieved by pointing the package management system at one of Debian's many HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:https://www.debian.org/mirror/list .As a special case for this point release, those using the apt-get tool to perform the upgrade will need to ensure that the dist-upgrade command is used, in order to update to the latest kernel packages. Users of other tools such as apt and aptitude should use the upgrade command.According to reports Debian continues to be a solid and stable distribution which can be relied on to do normal daily tasks or run web servers. Debian comes with over 50,000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) - all of it free. It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. The new version came with a lot of updated software. However, Debian, as a distribution, doesn't aim to be "outstanding” or "so remarkable” like some other new distributions. The goal of the Debian project is to create a free operating system which everybody can tweak and use for their own purposes. Debian 9 (and all Debian versions) does provide this functionality. And continues to be one of the most stable Linux distributions . Debian is one of the oldest and most famous Linux distributions of all time. Its development started back in 1993 by its founder Ian Murdock who passed away in 2015. It's also known to be the mother-distribution of tens of other Linux distributions such as Ubuntu.Debian has a strict policy on software packages. It only ships free software by default. It doesn't even ship non-free firmware and drivers. If you want, you can enable the non-free package repository later to install those packages. But you won't find it there by default. Debian is well-known for its stability. They don't ship new updates to users unless it was tested. Which is why you may notice some very old package versions when using Debian. It's correct that they are old, but they are also tested and secure. Most discovered vulnerabilities get patched in Debian in a matter of hours or few days.Those users who would like to get latest and most updated software could switch to using the testing or unstable branch. Both contain more modern software according to a different policy.The effort which is being done by the Debian project for each release is huge. Currently, they offer 25000 source packages and 51000 binary packages. Getting all of those software from upstream projects, packaging them, testing them, debugging issues and fixing them is definitely not something you hear about every day.