The new “stable” Debian distribution has been released; here the announcement: Debian — News — Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” released.
This announcement is quite important for many reasons. One of them is that the Debian stable release cycle is slow: last version was released in 2011. There are many individuals and companies that decide to stick with Debian stable because it eases the support and has fewer “surprises” on upgrading software packages. Now that a new stable distro has been released, they can take the benefit of 2 years of open source development, for example switching from Linux kernel 2.6.32 to version 3.2.
Another important consequence is that the Debian team will start working on the new testing release, codenamed jessie. This will have impact on many Linux distributions that are derived from it, such as Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE).
A note for people that had wheezy installed: by default, the wheezy installation has now became stable and so the updates will flow less frequently. This is because the “
/etc/apt/sources.list” configuration file specifies explicitly “wheezy” as the distribution, and now that wheezy became stable the package update policy of those sources became stricter. I installed wheezy on my PCs, but changed this default behaviour by replacing (in “
/etc/apt/sources.list” or any “
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/*” file) the word “wheezy” with “testing”. What happens now is that I will automatically stop following the wheezy release and start downloading packages from the new jessie distribution.