linux 18 June 2017

Debian 9

Successful upgrade to Debian Stretch

For quite some time I've been using Debian as my main (and only) operating system. When I started my adventure into the unix world Debian was not my first choice and I had to go through a few different distributions to finally realize where I feel most comfortable. Before Debian I've tried some of the popular distros such as crux, Ubuntu, Arch linux, linux Mint, LMDE but I didn't stick to any of them for long. At the time of writing Debian is second on

On June 17th Debian 9 codename stretch was released.

Debian Stretch graphic

After 26 months of development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 9 (code name Stretch), 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.

Some of the main changes that I was most excited about included:

The extended list of updates can be found in the release notes or in the what's new

The update process itself was not very involved and included just a few steps that most of the linux users should be familiar with.

in /etc/apt/sources.list I replaced all the instances of jessie to stretch and did the standard

from jessie to stretch

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt full-upgrade

Before diving in and doing the update it might be worth while to read the [official upgrade guide] just in case something goes wrong during your installation.