02 Apr 2016

Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 Released

The Debian Project proudly announced the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” is the fourth update in the latest stable series of the acclaimed GNU/Linux operating systems, and it comes as an update, today, for all users running Debian GNU/Linux 8.3 “Jessie” or previous versions.

The announcement:

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth 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 already published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won’t have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.

New installation media and CD and DVD images containing updated packages will be available soon at the regular locations.

Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian’s many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:

The entire post can be found here: https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160402
The Installation ISOs will be released soon by the Debian Developers for Debian 8.4 “Jessie”.
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17 Mar 2016

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Beta available April 21, 2016

In the latest newsletter from Ubuntu’s Kernel Developers team, Ubuntu 16.04, codenamed “Xenial Xerus” is set to be released. It is the 6th long term support release of the open source operating system Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus will include the Unity 7 desktop, Linux Kernel 4.4, as well as a bunch of updated applications.

Xenial Xerus is set to be backed by five years of on-going updates, bug fixes, security patches as well as hardware enhancements.

The Ubuntu release dates are set as the following:

  • Alpha 1 – December 31st
  • Alpha 2 – January 28th
  • Feature Freeze — February 18th
  • Beta 1 – February 25th
  • UI Freeze — March 10th
  • Final Beta – March 24th
  • Kernel Freeze — April 7th
  • Release Candidate – April 14th

All of which are leading up to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS final release on April 21st.

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