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Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today

Posted by Steve on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 10:25

Today, after several months of delays, the next new stable release of Debian Lenny was announced. This release features many changes not least of which is a newer kernel and supporting tools allowing for improved hardware support.

Debian Etch was released in April 2007, which means this release is just short of two years in the making.

What to expect

Almost every piece of software in the repository has been updated to a newer version, and many new packages have been added.

The following are some of the highlights:

  • Kernel 2.6.26
  • GNOME 2.22
  • Emacs 22.
  • X.Org 7.3
  • OpenOffice.org 2.4
  • Iceweasel/Firefox 3
  • MySQL 5.051a
  • GCC 4.3
  • PHP 5.2.6

The Debian Wiki has a list of notable changes in Lenny, and we're almost certainly going to cover some of the new additions upon this site (such as the useful iotop package which was recently added to the Lenny distribution, and requires the use of a "modern" kernel.)

Upgrading To Lenny

If you're currently running Debian's previous stable release (etch) you should be able to upgrade via your preferred package manager.

The short version would be:

Update your sources.list

Change etch to lenny in the file /etc/apt/sources.list.

If your sources.list currently lists stable you'll also be upgraded - whether you want it or not; always use the codename of the release you want to avoid surprises.

Upgrade your system

Run "apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade", or use the preferred tool: "aptitude update; aptitude dist-upgrade".

This will take a long time to run if you're on a slow link, but if you're patient it should be mostly free of problems.

More thorough instructions and important caveats will be visible in the release notes - personally I believe you'd be crazy to upgrade without having read them, but the choice is yours.

Support Timescale

If you're still running Woody, or Sarge, you've been out of support for a considerable length of time.

Debian's Etch release will continue to receive security updates for another year - the general policy is that the previous stable release receives security updates for a year after the release of the replacement stable.

A big thank-you to all Debian developers, users, and supporters!

The release announcement contains a few more details.

 

 


Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Anonymous (82.67.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 13:17
It's PHP 5.2.6, the 5.2.0 version already was in Etch ;)

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Steve (2001:0xx:0xx:0xxx:0xxx:0xxx:xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 18:11
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Thanks for the correction, I've updated the piece now.

Steve

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by ajt (195.112.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 14:52
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I've just got my ByteMark virtual server to go and then all my Etch systems will then be Lenny. I'll wait a few weeks before upgrading the server and switching my desktop from Lenny to Squeeze.

I never know who to thank but THANKS!

--
"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Anonymous (65.73.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 16:07
You should upgrade the install utils before actually upgrading the system:

Change sources.list

#aptitude update
#aptitude install dpkg apt aptitude
#aptitude safe-upgrade
#aptitude full-upgrade


Should give you a good upgrade in the huge majority of cases. But reading the upgrading portion of the release notes is highly recommended.

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Release notes
Posted by Anonymous (217.216.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 18:12
Just in case someone doesn't know where to find the release notes page:

http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/releasenotes

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Re: Release notes
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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Anonymous (217.216.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 18:06
That's a very incomplete highlight list if you forget KDE 3.5.10 ;)

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Steve (2001:0xx:0xx:0xxx:0xxx:0xxx:xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 18:10
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Ooops - no slight intended, even though I'm a GNOME user myself.

Steve

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by ajt (195.112.xx.xx) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 at 23:33
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Which is important as it is not KDE 4.x. I think 4.2 is supposed to be getting close to stable and usable, but the distros that went with 4.0 and 4.1 got their fingers burnt. KDE 3.5.10 will seem old when Squeeze comes out but in the meantime it's a pragmatic choice.

--
"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Anonymous (217.216.xx.xx) on Mon 16 Feb 2009 at 01:43
KDE 4.x is not ready for production yet and when you have tens of PCs to keep running it's better to avoid surprises.

For me KDE 3.5.10 means stability and peace ;)

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Utumno (60.248.xx.xx) on Mon 16 Feb 2009 at 02:57
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Finally! Now, it's time to start bitching about the bluez3->4 transition in Sid !!

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by Anonymous (81.134.xx.xx) on Mon 16 Feb 2009 at 10:06
Congratulations all involved. been running lenny in various places for a while now, will see about upgrading servers soon :)

sno

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Re: Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Released Today
Posted by rob (64.138.xx.xx) on Mon 16 Feb 2009 at 18:15
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This was the most pleasant upgrade I've done on my old Acer tm240 and not a single hiccup from aptitude.

The only glitch I experienced was with my Asus WL 167g usb adapter. After combing through disinformation, misinformation and conflicting information, I managed to get it working again thanks to wiki.debian.org/wifi/, of course.

Kudos to the Debian worldwide team. You're the greatest!

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