Changes in debian 8

This new release of Debian again comes with a lot more software than its predecessor wheezy; the distribution includes over 12253 new packages, for a total of over 43512 packages. Most of the software in the distribution has been updated: over 24573 software packages (this is 66% of all packages in wheezy). Also, a significant number of packages (over 5441, 14% of the packages in wheezy) have for various reasons been removed from the distribution. You will not see any updates for these packages and they will be marked as ‘obsolete’ in package management front-ends.

The list of obsolete packages includes:

  • postgresql-9.1, successor is postgresql-9.4. Once the operating system upgrade is finished, you should plan to also upgrade your PostgreSQL 9.1 database clusters to the new PostgreSQL version 9.4 using the pg_upgradecluster tool. For users of the PL/perl procedural language, jessie provides an updated postgresql-plperl-9.1 package linked against jessie’s version of libperl in order to enable upgrading to the new perl version in jessie while keeping the old PL/perl database functions usable until the database is upgraded as well.
  • python3.2, successor is python3.4. (Version 2.7 is supported in both wheezy and jessie.)
  • ruby1.8 and ruby1.9.1; successor is ruby2.1. Please install the package ruby to automatically track the current ruby version.
  • mplayer; alternatives aremplayer2, andmpv (new in jessie). Whilst the former is mostly compatible with mplayer in terms of command-line arguments and configuration (and adds a few new features too), the latter adds a lot of new features and improvements, and it is actively maintained upstream.
  • openoffice.org; please use libreoffice.
  • squid, successor is squid3.
  • libjpeg-progs, successor is libjpeg-turbo-progs.
  • openjdk-6-*, successor is openjdk-7-*.