The Debian 9 Review

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

debian 9 review

Since its first release in 1993, debian has grown to be one of the most popular Linux distributions. Stable and versatile, it has become a standard choice for both desktop users and server administrators. Its stability has even led to it being the foundation for other widely used distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint. It also offers a wide variety of utilities and tools for configuration and management.

The debian 9 release is a major update, bringing in many new features, updates and improvements. Among the most important is improved security, with new versions of AppArmor and SELinux. The apt package manager has been updated as well. GnuPG has been updated to the modern 2.1 branch, which brings better defaults for generating keys and support for elliptic curve cryptography.

This version is dedicated to Ian Murdock, who was a long-time Debian developer and a leader of the project. A few other changes include the addition of the X.Org graphical server, which provides a GUI to manage the system. In addition, a number of other tools have been updated and a few low-level components have seen major version leaps.

Debian can be installed on a variety of hardware architectures, including amd64 and i386, multiple versions of ARM and MIPS, as well as POWER7, POWER8, IBM System z, and RISC-V. It also supports a large number of single board computers, such as Raspberry Pi and variants of QNAP. It offers 25000 source packages and 51000 binary packages in the stable release, but you can install more up-to-date software by using the testing or unstable releases, which are updated on a different schedule.

David Sunnyside
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