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Debian 10 "Buster" has finally been released

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After around 25 months of development, Debian has now released the next stable version Debian 10 "Buster" which will be supported for five years. In this release GNOME now defaults to using Wayland instead of Xorg, the AppArmor kernel security module is enabled by default and it's powered by the Linux 4.19 kernel.

For those who don't like to live on the edge, Debian is a good choice for having a solid computing experience with Linux. Debian 10 comes with these available desktops:

  • Cinnamon 3.8
  • GNOME 3.30
  • KDE Plasma 5.14
  • LXDE 0.99.2
  • LXQt 0.14
  • MATE 1.20
  • Xfce 4.12

Like other distributions, you don't need to install Debian right away. It has a "live" image you can stick on a USB, to test it without making any changes on your computer.

For those unaware, Debian is what both Ubuntu (so also Mint, elementary OS, KDE neon and many more) and SteamOS base themselves upon, so the work that goes into Debian affects a great many other distributions.

If you're not upgrading right away, rest assured that Debian 9 "Stretch" is still supported and will continue to be for 12 months with the Debian Security Team, after which it will be handed over to the Debian LTS team.

See their official news post here.

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Thormack 7 July 2019 at 10:57 am UTC
The new Steam officially supported distro just launched.
Awesome.



(Just a speculation, for now...)
Eike 7 July 2019 at 11:09 am UTC
For those who don't care about the latest software, but might need a current graphics driver or kernel, there will be a buster-backports repository (like an official PPA, if you will).
fagnerln 7 July 2019 at 11:14 am UTC
ThormackThe new Steam officially supported distro just launched.
Awesome.



(Just a speculation, for now...)

Nah, I don't think so.

There's a lot things to do after the installation. IMO they will support a more friendly distro, preferably with a corporation behind, like OpenSUSE or Fedora

Maybe they create a new distro for desktop use based on Debian.
14 7 July 2019 at 11:19 am UTC
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It's gotta be a lot of work to support that many desktop environments. I didn't know those new DE's were coming, so I'm surprised. I love Debian for their rock-solid server stability.

Their downloads pages could be better organized though. It was difficult for me to find the Bittorrent options of various builds when I knew they existed. What if you didn't know?


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wvstolzing 7 July 2019 at 11:32 am UTC
The most important update might well be Python 3.7; stretch was on 3.5, so it missed out on the many important features that got introduced with 3.6.

Also, Buster supports php 7.3, which the latest Nextcloud release (16) requires. I couldn't get the Talk app to work on older Nextcloud versions; so if you're interested in hosting 'your own skype' on Debian, that's also a very significant update.
dvd 7 July 2019 at 11:44 am UTC
fagnerln
ThormackThe new Steam officially supported distro just launched.
Awesome.



(Just a speculation, for now...)

Nah, I don't think so.

There's a lot things to do after the installation. IMO they will support a more friendly distro, preferably with a corporation behind, like OpenSUSE or Fedora

Maybe they create a new distro for desktop use based on Debian.

I don't see where people get the impression that Ubuntu is more 'user friendly'. Nothing says that better than their python based installer that regularly crashes at the partitioning step with a bunch of exceptions that are surely easier to read for the average user than plain language.
wvstolzing 7 July 2019 at 11:49 am UTC
dvdNothing says that better than their python based installer that regularly crashes at the partitioning step with a bunch of exceptions that are surely easier to read for the average user than plain language.

Absolutely. That was one reason I got soured on Ubuntu very early on.
F.Ultra 7 July 2019 at 12:35 pm UTC
dvd
fagnerln
ThormackThe new Steam officially supported distro just launched.
Awesome.



(Just a speculation, for now...)

Nah, I don't think so.

There's a lot things to do after the installation. IMO they will support a more friendly distro, preferably with a corporation behind, like OpenSUSE or Fedora

Maybe they create a new distro for desktop use based on Debian.

I don't see where people get the impression that Ubuntu is more 'user friendly'. Nothing says that better than their python based installer that regularly crashes at the partitioning step with a bunch of exceptions that are surely easier to read for the average user than plain language.

Because the average used does not use whatever advanced setting that you are using that are causing those crashes. They will simply click "next" all the way. And once they have done so they will have a fully working desktop, and if they need further customization or changes then the Internet is full of blogs and nice looking guides for how to do this in Ubuntu.

That is why.
mayo 7 July 2019 at 1:48 pm UTC
I'm already tested buster with the latest release candidate. Besides a few problems with xfce4 and kiosk mode, it's a really good experience. Sadly a important tool is using gtk2sourceview (which is deprecated since millenials & finally gone in buster) so I will stick around with stretch, until said tool is ported. :/
Linas 7 July 2019 at 2:09 pm UTC
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And if you do like to live on the edge, there is Debian Testing, which is a perpetually rolling release.
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