Early Plans for Debian 8.0 'Jessie' Emerge

by Ostatic Staff - May. 08, 2013

Following the release of Debian GNU/Linux 7.0, codenamed Wheezy, comes early news of "Jesse." While it's still really really early, it's never too soon to move on. So, while Jesse gets her attention, Wheezy and Squeeze backport rules are tightened.

Alexander Wirt posted to the Debian developers' announce list that they "are outphasing the relaxed rules for uploading to squeeze-backports-sloppy (and wheezy-backports) and ask you to only upload packages that are already in jessie." This clearly indicates the move from the old to the new. We are officially off to the races!

In another message, Matthias Klose wrote of the updates to some of the core code. These kinds of things always cause wrinkles, so it's best to take care of them first. Klose said Glibc has been updated to version 2.17 and shouldn't really cause too many issues except for kfreebsd, of which Klose said would "need some love from BSD porters." The move to kernel headers 3.8.11 is expected to cause issues as is the move to GCC 4.8.1 later on this month. But due to some neat new features, he thinks it's a good idea.

Of course you know Debian doesn't really hint at any release dates, but most hope for Debian 8.0 "Jessie" in early to mid 2015.