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Debian 8.8 Released (debian.org) 65

prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: The Debian Project announced today Debian GNU/Linux 8.8, the most advanced stable version of the Jessie series, which brings corrections for numerous packages and various security flaws discovered and patched since the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 maintenance update back in mid-January 2017... "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," reads today's announcement.

"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away old 'jessie' CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated."

Debian 8.8 contains more than 150 bug fixes and security updates.
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Debian 8.8 Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    the one where systemd is installed

    • by ruir ( 2709173 )
      Running Debian 8 and 9 in a couple hundred VMs without system installed. Running FreeBSD on my notebook....
  • by najajomo ( 4890785 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @09:56PM (#54369633)
    systemd issues [github.com] .. 626 open ...
    • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @10:04PM (#54369669)

      Systemd's issues are only getting worse with time. [in.waw.pl]

      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        Well, that is no surprise at all to anybody competent. The tricky things about KISS is that hacking something complex together initially that sort-of works is a lot easier than coming up with a simple solution initially. Over time, the simple solution then becomes massively better in terms of overall cost, because it is only gets easier to maintain and it stability is massively better, while the complex solution slowly deteriorates into total trash.

        Inexperienced developers (like the systemd team) have not e

      • Systemd's issues are only getting worse with time. [in.waw.pl]

        The scales on this chart for the secondary vertical axis makes it unreadable. Qty of open issues would have been much easier to read if only one axis was used. If the author insists to use a secondary axis, then at least make the major points in sync with the primary vertical axis.

      • That is the graph of every project ever during its growth phase. Once critical mass is reached across edge cases the blue line will keep going up (probably at the same linear pace) while your red line will peak and start dropping.

        • Well it's been growing for the past 7 years. When does the growth phase end?

          • When does the growth phase end?

            When it ends. That's the wonderful problem with adoption in Linux, things take time. I may have been released 7 years ago, but only 2 years ago last week a major upstream distribution adopted it formally adding not only another large portion of the desktop / server eco system to the platform, but also exposing a whole world of smaller devices that previously didn't need it in the first place (Debian forms the base of a lot more small embedded systems than SUSE or RedHat).

            Actually now that I think about it,

            • That's the wonderful problem with adoption in Linux, things take time.

              not at all. after red hat started using it (because they deemed it "good enough"), it was adopted quite quickly. the problem here is a fundamental one of design, scope and (lack of) documentation.

              I've examined some of the source but the sheer amount of code involved is absurd. With so much code, they cannot help but have an endless supply of bugs.

              • Yes I'm sure all the downstream distros based on Debian fell over themselves to adopt it when RedHat did.
                No you're missing the point. You said 7 years, but only 2 years ago a major milestone was added which included millions of more users in many new edge cases, hence a new series of bugs that will eventually be closed off.

                Systemd has reached past its growth point in terms of features. Your theory is similar to how economists think companies should perform: and endless stream of increasing profits. You don'

                • You said 7 years, but only 2 years ago a major milestone was added which included millions of more users in many new edge cases

                  No, 2 years ago they switched to github (from sourceforge?), that's why the graph only has two years.

                  Your theory is similar to how economists think companies should perform: and endless stream of increasing profits. You don't get an endless stream of bugs

                  My point is Systemd is going to be replaced before they finally catch up with all the bugs,

                  Like everything it will taper unless someone decides to do a ground up re-write of systemd.

                  I don't think it will be a rewrite but rather a replacement with similar functionality that is more modular as to be broken into several projects.

      • Ahh -- the more bugs reported and fixed the better it gets..

        Anyway - the anti systemd folks are rather wrong.

        I used systemV for servers and desktops for years - didn't really lookforward to the change - but even in my 60''s it only took a day to adjust.

        I now support a few servers and several desktops all running systemd and just haven't had any problems.
        My hunch is some people get used to their first txt editor and will never want to change - same with an init system.. They must be older than me and set in

        • Ahh -- the more bugs reported and fixed the better it gets..

          This assumes that at some point they are fixing bugs faster than they are adding new ones but in general, yes.

          Anyway - the anti systemd folks are rather wrong.

          I'm not against the concept of systemd, I'm against the implementation of systemd. Basically, it's a train wreck of waaaay too much code with little to no documentation. However, I strongly object to code that depends on a specific init system.

          • Really - I'm an old fart - made my own cheat-sheet - just isn't that hard.

            https://xtronics.com/wiki/Syst... [xtronics.com]

            My biggest complaint was the replacement for ls /etc/init.d/ was too much to type.

            • You seem to be misunderstanding my grievance. The problem isn't what it is or how you use it but rather it's code architecture and the ungodly amount of computer code used to construct it. I'm talking about C code, not command line shit.

    • And even that's with them WONTFIXing the vast majority of valid reports.

    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @11:33AM (#54371281)

      After reading the first 4 pages of those I've yet to find something that is actually relevant to the primary use for Debian: desktops and servers.

      Looks like many edge cases when you're running e.g. a RasbperryPi with a RTC that has a flat battery, or an architecture that isn't in common use, or mildly annoying crap like timers wrong, or minor parse errors.

      What I do note is the number of them have fixes in the pipeline and have milestones attached to them. This is surprising because based on Slashdot wisdom the devs don't respond to bugs and everything is by design.

  • Just put "RELEASED" in quotes. Per the article and Debian's own web site, 8.7.1 is still the latest ISO image available for download. This notice is really them just saying that they're marked the milestone for a particular patch level to eventually become the release when it is actually released. Until then, install older version and patch (or, just install something else without all the BS cruft, like FreeBSD)

    • by fnj ( 64210 )

      Nonsense. 8.8.0 is the one that shows up in the download listing [debian.org].

      At the present instant the download link on the main page is broken, but it took me about 15 seconds to find the actual download listing.

  • FreeBSD folks (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @12:52AM (#54370051) Journal

    Large supported and mature code base used by large amounts of people. Closest to Debian in it's community and server oriented features. No SystemD, jails, ZFS, dtrace, ports, pkg-add, and the award winning FreeBSD handbook and better manpages.

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