Debian Buster set to release on 6th of July

Debian 10, code-named Buster, is set to release on July 6, 2019. As per Debian’s policy, only emergency bug fixes are allowed for releases which are about to enter the freeze phase. Once the release is frozen, that means no further changes are allowed. But, prior to that, changes and unblock requests will be limited to :

  1. RC Bugs,
  2. Security bugs,
  3. Patches for crashes or memory leaks,
  4. Upgrade issues from Stretch to Buster (Debian 9 to Debian 10)

Debian 10 has now entered a phase wherein only emergency bug fixes will be allowed and those final bug fixes will be accepted till June 25, 2019.

Debian Release Cycle

The current Debian Stable release is code-named Debian Stretch, it will be supported till 2022, which also marks the End Of Life for Long-term support(LTS) provided for the release. Upcoming stable release is code-named Buster, and the support for which will be provided till 2022 (i.e. its End of Life).

A Stable version for Debian distribution is released every two years and LTS (Long-term support) version is supported for a period of 5 years. Furthermore, Releases are classified as old-stable, stable, testing, unstable and experimental. There is one interesting fact: Code-names of all the releases of Debian are based on characters of Pixar/Disney’s movie Toy Story.

Debian Project was founded by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993 and the first stable version was released on June 17, 1996. Being based on an open-source model, Debian contains packages that are available for free. Although, you can install non-free packages from its repositories. There are three components of Debian’s packages: main, contrib & non-free.