I raise my hat, and pay all respects due to the developers of Debian version 8, codename “Jessie”(see note 1). Two years in the making and yet again all those volunteers have created fantastic free software that is easy to install and, most importantly, stable. I’ve been running Debian on all servers I deploy for over ten years now. I’ve never had a server crash, I’ve never had a service go down, it’s been faultless, I don’t hesitate in recommending Debian, it’s the only Linux I install.
Over the years I have tried other distros, my first Linux was RedHat, installed from the free disk that came with PCW magazine, version 5.0 “Hurricane” IIRC. Since that nervous foray into the unknown I’ve tried (in no particular order) Slackware, Linux From Scratch, Knoppix, Mepis, Gentoo, Mandrake, Caldera, SmoothWall and tomsrtbt. Apart from the couple of special purpose distros named (SmoothWall and tomsrtbt) I’ve always found some reason to come back to Debian.
While I’m grateful to RedHat for introducing me to Linux, these days I don’t like it, it’s gone all corporate with expensive support contracts and different “flavours” of the OS. It may be great for the corporate world, but from a small enterprise view point I find Debian ideal.
I’m really happy to see that in this latest release Debian have brought their Perl version startlingly up-to-date. In the past Perl has sometimes been a little behind current in the release, but someone has been working hard and I appreciate that.
Other notable updates: Apache 2.2 to 2.4, Postgresql 9.1 to 9.4, and a major Samba upgrade from 3.x to 4.x, which could prove interesting when I upgrade there (I’m not even thinking about the potential issues Debian have mentioned WRT the Apache upgrade – maybe now is the time to migrate to NGINX).
So, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses to those hard-working, dedicated volunteers ceaslessly coding for us all to have a better operating system, and say a big “thank you, we really appreciate your work” to them all.
1. see this link for the reason behind the codename(s).