After months of development, the Debian team has finally released Debian 9 Stretch as a stable version. The new version of Debian brings interesting news, however the most interesting thing is that it has moved to the stable branch, leaving the testing branch and can be used on production teams.
A few days ago we told you how to go from Debian 8 Jessie to Debian 9 StretchHowever, today we are going to tell you everything new that this new version of "the most famous mother distribution" of all time brings.At the platform level, Debian 9 abandons the Powerpc platform and adds the option for the mips64el platform. At the kernel level, Debian 9 Stretch does not have the latest version of the Linus kernel but has version 4.9, an older version but more tested than kernel 4.11. However, if we are experts, we can install any version of the kernel that we want.
Regarding desktops, this new version of Debian has Plasma 5.8, Xfce 4.12, Gnome 3.22, MATE 1.16 or LXQT 0.11. These desktops can be chosen during installation thanks to the installation ISO images or we can simply choose to install them from our Debian terminal.
As for common programs, Debian Stretch contains version 5.2 of LibreOffice and version 2.9 of Calligra. Firefox 52 will be present in the distribution, as well as other web browsers that we usually find. It is in the server aspect where it seems that Debian Stretch has changed the most. From this version, Debian abandons Mysql to choose MariaDB, pointing all myqsl packages to MariaDB as a database. DNS and host packages have also been updated. PHP and Samba have also been updated, arriving version 7 and 4.5 respectively.
As with the previous version, Debian 9 Stretch is a 5-year LTS-supported distribution, an interesting support for companies and small organizations that need a robust and stable operating system. If we do not have Debian on our computers yet and we want to have it, in this link you can find the Debian 9 Stretch installation image.