Linux News Today: Debian 8.3 (Jessie) Officially Released
Debian 8 (Jessie) has just gotten a new update, and developers have added a number of fixes and other adjustments for some serious issues.
The Debian developers have issued another update for the OS. It’s only for maintenance, and no new features have been implemented, but that’s to be expected with a regular update. The initial launch for Debian 8.0 was all the way back in April 2015, so three major upgrades in less than a year seems to be a great track record.
Interestingly enough, Debian 8.x is also an LTS release, and its makers have already said that they are going to provide support for it until 2020, which is a really long time. Most likely, the current pace of updates for Debian 8.x will slow down after the first couple of years.
Debian 8 is really popular
Since Debian 8 (Jessie) has been such a popular choice, a lot of developers chose it to base their own distros. In fact, the latest version of SteamOS “Brewmaster” is using Debian 8.2 as its base, and it’s likely to upgrade to the new one really soon.
“The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were published separately and are referenced where applicable,” developers explain.
Also, the Linux kernel has been upgraded to 3.16.7, although it’s a version that has gathered a number of fixes on top of everything else. It will be interesting to see if they will choose to move to a newer kernel during the five years of support.
At the moment, you can’t download the latest version of Debian 8.3, as the installable media and live images are not available just yet, but if you have Debian installed right now, you’re going to get the latest packages via the regular updating process.