Stable version of Debian 8 open-source operating system is now official and will continue to get official support for the next five years.
Debian 8 is codenamed "Jessie" and the latest Debian version is also available for download in the form of official CD images with BitTorrent.
Debian 8 "Jessie" comes with a plethora of new features and upgraded packages. These are as follows:
- EFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) support introduced in Wheezy has been enhanced in Jessie.
Also given below is a list of software packages that the development team behind Debian 8 have claimed to have been enhanced:
- Apache 2.4.10
- Asterisk 11.13.1
- GIMP 2.8.14
- an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.14
- GNU Compiler Collection 4.9.2
- Icedove 31.6.0 (unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
- Iceweasel 31.6.0esr (unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
- KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.11.13
- LibreOffice 4.3.3
- Linux 3.16.7-ckt9
- MariaDB 10.0.16 and MySQL 5.5.42
- Nagios 3.5.1
- OpenJDK 7u75
- Perl 5.20.2
- PHP 5.6.7
- PostgreSQL 9.4.1
- Python 2.7.9 and 3.4.2
- Samba 4.1.17
- Tomcat 7.0.56 and 8.0.14
- Xen Hypervisor 4.4.1
- the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment
- Incorporation of more than 43,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from nearly 20,100 source packages.
Architectures supported in Debian 8 Jessie:
Debian Jessie now supports newer chip-level architectures viz. 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc for older hardware and ppc64el for the new 64-bit (little-endian)), MIPS (mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian)), IBM S/390 (64-bit s390x) and for ARM, armel and armhf for old and new 32-bit hardware, plus arm64 for the new 64-bit AArch64 architecture.
How to upgrade from Debian 7 Wheezy to Debian 8 Jessie:
Upgradation from Debian 7 are automatically handled by the apt-get package management tool for most configurations, however users can check out the official release notes and installation guide for identification of potential issues as well as for upgradation/installing tutorials.