It’s been more than 25 years since the first stable released of the Debian operating system. Debian was one of the first operating systems to use a Linux kernel, and it’s come a long way in the past two and a half decades, also serving as the foundation for other popular operating systems such as Ubuntu.

Now the Debian team has released Debian 10, code-named Buster.

The free and open source operating system includes thousands of new software packages, a new display manager enabled by default, support for UEFI Secure Boot, and many other changes. And Debian 10 will be officially supported for 5 years.

Among other things, Debian 10 uses the Wayland display server by default instead of Xorg, although Xorg is still installed and users can switch to it if they want/need to.

AppArmor is also now enabled by default, providing tighter security.

At a time when other operating systems are dropping support for some older technologies, Debian continues to support a wide variety of chip architectures including 32-bit and 64-bit x86, ARM, and MIPS processors.

There’s also support for devices with Allwinner processors including single-board computers and laptops from FriendlyARM (makers of the NanoPi line of devices, Olimex, and Pine64.

Debian 10 also includes newer versions of applications including LibreOffice, GIMP, Calliga, and more — although it’s worth noting that these aren’t necessarily the newest versions of those apps, since Debian’s stable releases tend to favor, well, stability over cutting-edge features.

Case-in-point: the latest version of the Linux kernel is version 5.1, but Debian 10 will ship with Linux kernel 4.19, which was released last October.

With Debian 10 out the door, the developers are starting to turn their attention to the next version of the operating system. It could be a few years before Debian 11 “Bullseye” is ready for public consumption, but Buster will likely see a number of security and stability updates in the meantime.

via DistroWatch and Phoronix

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6 replies on “Debian 10 Buster is here (GNU/Linux OS with 5 years of support)”

  1. I’ll echo everyone’s sentiment…Debian, while plain and boring to some…is my go to distro for stability and long lasting durability.

    Glad to see Debian Buster finally going live. That was a pretty nice rundown there Brad…Very Appreciative. I’ll be loading this up on my new Ryzen computer. Was very glad to get it, definitely runs rings around my old system.

  2. I’ve tried different distros like archlinux, redhat, and others too many to mention. But I’ve always returned to unflavored Debian because of its unparalleled stability not to mention the myriad software support. Currently, I’m using deepin for about 2 weeks now, which is of course based on Debian. I’m now torn between letting go of this pretty distro and rekindling my long relationship with my mistress Debian. I’m not that keen on reconfiguring and reinstalling my squid server, Apache and a host of other software, though. Aargh!

  3. I went with Sid + LXQt (via the mini.iso + non free firmware unzipped to another USB stick install) instead. It’s my specific old T60 for distro spelunking so no big deal plus I just saw this Berry Linux, Fedora based thing that I might just move on to. Now only 1 particular annoyance is that I can’t get Flare RPG to launch.

    Vanilla stable hasn’t really been my thing so I’ll wait out for antiX’ release later.

  4. The distro has lasted a lot longer than the marriage of Deb and Ian. 🙁

  5. Good overview of Debian and new version, Brad. Thanks!

    Debian was the first linux distro I tried about 15 years ago, and like it.

    Always like to say that Debian never let me down….

    And the price is right too.


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