Debian 10.1 scheduled for September release, later than usual for first point release

The Debian Project has announced that it’s planning to push the first point release for Debian 10 on September 7. Debian 10 was released earlier this month, having users wait two months for the first point release is not typical. Debian 9.1, Debian 7.1, and Debian 6.1 were released just a month after their initial releases but Debian 8.1 took two months to arrive.

According to Adam Barratt from Debian’s Stable Release Managers team, the point release will take longer than normal to arrive due to holidays and the annual DebConf conference which took place at the end of July. He acknowledged that the period around the first point release is always very busy and said that package maintainers may have to wait until the subsequent release before their patches make it to users – the most urgent fixes will be getting priority.

Barratt also announced that Debian 9.10 will be receiving a point release on September 7, making it the first since April. Going forward from September, the project is aiming to ship point releases for Debian 10 ever two months, while Debian 9 will get a new release every three to four months.

Debian launched on July 6 and will receive updates for the next five years thanks to the combined efforts of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team which will take over after three years. It was the first major release in two years and introduced many new packages and switched to the Wayland display server by default.

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