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Debian 10

July 18, 2019

The long awaited Debian 10 (code name buster) has finally been released. It has the latest software versions and boasts of 57,703 packages. Long term support (LTS) of 5 years has been promised as well to ensure security updates are available till mid 2024!

 

Debian 8 LTS is till June 2020

Debian 9 LTS is till June 2022

 

https://www.debian.org/News/2019/20190706

 

Debian 10 basically improves stability, security, and extends your support for the next 5 years. Its like updating from windows 8 to windows 10.

 

For those using Debian 8 the long term support ends mid next year, hence the obvious advantage to shifting to Debian 10 is extending your server support (including security updates) for the next 5 years!

 

Debian 10 also comes with new packages and new versions of all software.

 

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This new release of Debian again comes with a lot more software than its predecessor stretch; the distribution includes over 13370 new packages, for a total of over 57703 packages. Most of the software in the distribution has been updated: over 35532 software packages (this is 62% of all packages in stretch). 
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For servers this means we get Apache 2.4.38, and PHP 7.3 (for those using Debian 8, its a jump from PHP 5.6)

 

Debian 10 is also more secure with 
- AppArmor an access control framework for restricting programs' capabilities
- The improved UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface)
- Secure Boot support prevents loading unsigned code

 

you can get more details on whats new at https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/release-notes/ch-whats-new.html

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