Debian Releases and Names

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Debian is old and mature Linux distribution. Debian uses versions in order to distinguish. In this tutorial we will learn and list Debian Releases and Names.

Version Names

Debian  provides different releases as versions. There are version, code name.

  • Version is the numerical presentation of the Debian release.
  • Code Name is the name of the release which is more human friendly. This code names are chosen from the movie named Toy Story .

Unstable, Testing, Stable

As packages of debian is developed by different parties in anarchical manner they are not always stable as expected. Debian uses 3 phase to specify the package stability.

  • Unstable is the first phase where package enters to the debian ecosystem. This is unstable as it named.
  • Testing is second phase and provides more stability. Testing can be used for most of the cases.
  • Stable is a rock. It can work without any problem and used for production systems. One disadvantage of stable is packages are generally outdated.

Release List

Here is the release list which provides information like Version , Code Name , Release Data and Toy Story Character .

VersionCode nameRelease dateToy Story character
1.1Buzz1996-06-17Buzz Lightyear
1.2Rex1996-12-12Rex (the T-Rex)
1.3Bo1997-06-05Bo Peep
2.0Hamm1998-07-24Hamm (the pig)
2.1Slink1999-03-09Slinky Dog
2.2Potato2000-08-15Mr Potato Head
3.0Woody2002-07-19Woody the cowboy
3.1Sarge2005-06-06Sarge from the Bucket O’ Soldiers
4.0Etch2007-04-08Etch, the Etch-A-Sketch
5.0Lenny2009-02-14Lenny, the binoculars
6.0Squeeze2011-02-06Squeeze toy aliens
7Wheezy2013-05-04Wheezy the penguin
8Jessie2015-04-26Jessie the cowgirl
9Stretch2017-06-17Rubber octopus from Toy Story 3
10Busternot yet releasedAndy’s pet dog
11BullseyeNot yet releasedWoody’s horse
Sid“unstable”The next door neighbour

Check Debian Release Version and Code Name

We may want to check our current Debian system release version and code name . the easiest and most compatible way is printing the /etc/lsb-release file which provides detailed information like

  • DISTRIB_ID for distributions name which is Debian
  • DISTRIB_RELEASE for version
  • DISTRIB_CODENAME for code name in human compatible format

Check Debian Release Version and Code Name
Check Debian Release Version and Code Name

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