June 17th, 2017
After 26 months of development the Debian project is proud to present
its new stable version 9 (code name Stretch), which will
be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the
Debian Security team
and of the Debian Long Term
Debian 9 is
to the project’s founder Ian Murdock, who passed away on 28 December 2015.
In Stretch, the default MySQL variant is now MariaDB.
The replacement of packages for MySQL 5.5 or 5.6 by the MariaDB 10.1
variant will happen automatically upon upgrade.
Firefox and Thunderbird return to Debian with the release of Stretch,
and replace their debranded versions Iceweasel and Icedove, which were
present in the archive for more than 10 years.
Thanks to the Reproducible Builds project, over 90% of the source
packages included in Debian 9 will build bit-for-bit identical binary
This is an important verification feature which protects users from
malicious attempts to tamper with compilers and build networks. Future Debian
releases will include