After two years of development, Debian Projects finally released Debian 9, named as Stretch. For those who do not know, Debian codenames are based on the characters in the popular animated movie Toy Story. This version is named after the glittery purple octopus, Stretch.

The Debian LTS team and the Security team said: “they are working together to support this release for next five years.” They also claimed, this version of Debian was dedicated to Debian founder Ian Murdock, who died in December 2015.

Debian 9 “Stretch” is one of the greatest announcement of Linux/Distros in 2017 because, in the forthcoming months, various other distros will be released on it. As expected, Debian 9 added numerous important new features, let’s talk about those in details:

Linux kernel 4.9:

Debian 9 comes up with Linux kernel 4.9. Linux kernel 4.9 is an LTS kernel, which will be followed by the next LTS versions of all Linux Distros, i.e., Linux 4.14.

MariaDB is default:

In Debian 9 “Stretch,” the default database platform is now MariaDB. The previous version of MySQL 5.5 or 5.6 will be automatically updated to MariaDB 10.1 for all Debian 9 “Stretch.”

Desktop Environment:

Debian 9 Stretch Linux distribution has been published in several tastes of desktop environments. As a result, it appears with GNOME 3.22, MATE 1.16, KDE 5.8 and Xfce 4.12.

Firefox and Thunderbird:

Iceweasel and Icedove both are going to replaced with Firefox and ThunderBird. Debian 9 Stretch removed two default browsers and made Firefox and Thunderbird from Mozilla as default.

Essential verification feature:

Debian 9 Stretch developed by using bit-to-bit packages technology. That is why the Development team claimed that this version would be more secure than any other Linux Distros.

Debugging is now simpler:

The debug packages also have been made easier to use. A new ‘dbg-sym’ repository has been added to the APT authorization list. This package will maintain the debug system automatically.

‘modern’ part of GnuPG:

Debian 9 Stretch is also the first Debian version which features ‘modern’ part of GnuPG in ‘gnupg’ package.

UEFI support:

The UEFI support, which launched in the Wheezy release, has been added in Debian 9. It also supports Debian installation on 32-bit UEFI firmware with a 64-bit kernel.

New forensic tools:

Debian 9 also arrives with some digital forensics tools, including the following:

  • pompem
  • rb
  • dislocker
  • cewl
  • bruteforce-salted-openssl

Updated software packages: It goes without saying that Debian 9 ships with tons of updated software packages. Some of them are:

  • Apache 2.4.25,
  • Chromium 59.0.3071.86
  • Perl 5.24
  • PHP 7.0
  • Python 2.7.13 and 3.5.3
  • Ruby 2.3
  • Xen Hypervisor
  • Org Server 1.19.2
  • GIMP 2.8.18
  • GNU Compiler Collection 6.3
  • GnuPG 2.1
  • Golang 1.7
  • Samba 4.5
  • systemd 232
  • Tomcat 8.5
  • LibreOffice 5.2
  • OpenJDK 8

Download Debian 9 Stretch (Live CD and Torrent):

In this release, Debian 9 has more 10 different flavors to choose from. Visit the link below and download any of the ISO to try Debian 9 Stretch:

So, are you going to try out Debian 9 ‘Stretch?’ Don’t forget to share your experiences with us.


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