The Debian Project had the great pleasure of announcing today, April 26, that the Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) computer operating system has been made available for download on mirrors worldwide.

Dubbed Jessie, Debian 8 is one of the most anticipated distributions of GNU/Linux for 2015. The major release includes dozens of new features, support for new hardware components and architectures, stability and security improvements, as well as many updated core components and applications.

“There’s a new sheriff in town. And her name is Jessie. We’re happy to announce the release of Debian 8.0, codenamed Jessie,” says Ana Guerrero Lopez on behalf of the Debian Release Team. “Already a happy Debian user and you only want to upgrade? You are just an apt-get dist-upgrade away from Jessie!”

Some of many software update in Debian 8 is GNOME 3.14, KDE 4.11, and Xfce 4.10 desktop environments, systemd as the default init system (designed as a drop-in replacement for sysvinit), OpenJDK 7 as the default Java runtime, and improved hardware support.

Support for many UEFI firmware has been implemented in the installer, but UEFI Secure Boot is not supported. Among the updated applications, we can mention LibreOffice 4.3, Calligra 2.8, GNUcash 2.6, Gnumeric 1.12, Abiword 3.0, and Evolution 3.12.

via Softpedia