There’s a new version of the Debian 8 Jessie series. The latest release is Debian version 8.7 which includes 87 miscellaneous bug fixes and 86 security updates. If you’re running version Debian 8 now, the updates are going to be automatic. If you’re new to Debian, you can install the fresh Debian version by downloading it directly from Debian.com.
Debian is 23 years old. From Debian’s site:
Today is Debian’s 23rd anniversary. If you are close to any of the cities celebrating Debian Day 2016, you’re very welcome to join the party! If not, there’s still time for you to organize a little celebration or contribution to Debian. For example, you can have a look at the Debian timeline and learn about the history of the project. If you notice that some piece of information is still missing, feel free to add it to the timeline. Or you can scratch your creative itch and suggest a wallpaper to be part of the artwork for the next release. Our favorite operating system is the result of all the work we have done together. Thanks to everybody who has contributed in these 23 years, and happy birthday Debian!
Several weeks ago, I wrote on this blog about the Linux distros that people should try. I wasn’t far off on my assessment when I read this article by Digital Trends. As you can see, I stuck with the tried-and-true distros that are popular, as well as distros which represented the major Linux branches, and distros which people generally consider as very solid. As you can see, you can’t go wrong with Debian, Fedora, Centos, and Ubuntu. You throw in Mint, one the most popular distros nowadays, and you have a very good list.
DistroWatch.com has a list of Linux distros and ranks them based on popularity. Currently, Mint is the distro of choice for many Linux users followed by Ubuntu and Debian. There are hundreds of distros available and you can’t possibly use or play around with all of them. Most of these distros are just offshoots of the more popular distros. If I were to narrow it down to just a few distros, I would go with these magnificent seven.
- Mint – since it’s popular desktop. It’s based on Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu – it’s my current favorite Linux server.
- Debian – since Ubuntu and numerous others are based on Debian.
- Fedora – it’s based on Redhat.
- Centos – it’s basically Redhat without the support.
- FreeBSD – Unix-like OS based BSD.
- Slackware – it’s been around for a very long time.
By now, you’ve heard of Linux. But, have you tried it? If you haven’t, you should give it a try. You might be missing out on something. If not, just do it for educational purposes. Most Linux distros today, come with a trial CD that you can test drive on your system without ever installing Linux in your hard drive.
Here’s a list of Linux distros that is worth a try.
1. Ubuntu – it’s by far the most popular Linux distribution in the planet. Tons of people use it. There’s good reason why it’s popular. It’s relatively easy to use. It has a solid and stable distribution with a vibrant user community to boot. Ubuntu release cycle is one reason why this distro is committed to innovation.
2. Fedora – You’ve heard of Redhat. Fedora is Redhat’s cousin or brother. In any case, the distro has come a long way since its inception. If you want to learn about Redhat, Fedora is a great stepping stone. Fedora is a distro you want, if you want to learn about RPM packaging.
3. OpenSuse – If you want a polished desktop environment in both and KDE environment, you should try OpenSuse. It consistently receives high marks in its desktop environments. Yast is an excellent graphical system administration utility that’s worth a look.
There are hundreds of distros worth mentioning. Debian, Mandriva, Slackware, Gentoo and CentOS comes to mind.
Finally, here’s a list of the top 10 distributions from Distrowatch.com.