Debian 8 Jessie to Debian 9 Stretch upgrade notes Part 3

Continued from Debian 8 Jessie to Debian 9 Stretch upgrade notes Part 2

7. Surprisingly, stock Stretch with Gnome includes a complete set of games on top of those packaged with gnome-games: Chess, Five or More, Four-in-a-Row, AisleRiot Solitaire, Lights Off, Nibbles, Mines, XBoard, among many others.  Uninstalling the gnome-games package will still leave the system with 7 games.

8. Three GUI methods for managing software packages are available: Packages, Software (the "store" frontend), and the classic Synaptic Package Manager.

9. As promised, Debian ships with Mozilla Firefox, rather than Ice Weasel.

Debian 9 Stretch for Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD users

Although Ubuntu is well-supported in most IT laboratories and schools, and IT professionals gain much from running Fedora due to its relationship with Red Hat, Debian is an excellent choice for new and experienced users. It has the purity of early Linux distributions and the friendliness of mainstream Linux systems, without the unnecessary complexity or self-importance of Archlinux, Slackware, or Gentoo. Moreover, it doesn't focus on the lowest common denominator in terms of users, as is expected from popular distributions such as Linux Mint . As much as I find testing FreeBSD software an adventurous and educational endeavor, running Debian ensures a stable, vanilla experience that is admittedly more rewarding than the occasional surprises Fedora or Ubuntu pops up with.

I enjoy the benefits of running Windows 10 Pro, and macOS's polish makes it a fun system for personal use (Siri on macOS is great). Tablets and smartphones, despite manufacturers (and idiotic writers from the The Verge and Engadget) insisting they can replace full PCs, only complement full Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and macOS machines (ChromeOS is a bad, embarrassing joke). And Debian, while not as fancy as ludicrously overblown Linux distributions like Elementary OS and Deepin, comes with a guarantee that you're running a reliable system without the distractions of AI assistants and unnecessary modules and desktop effects. 

It's actually inaccurate to compartmentalize and call Fedora "cutting-edge" while Debian is conservative with turtle-like development speed. Debian doesn't get as much press as Ubuntu, but their releases, however rare, are always good news. Debian, unlike previous openSUSE and Ubuntu releases, never really disappoints (my minor complaint about the inclusion of Ice Weasel was addressed in Jessie and Stretch). There is little doubt, as with all distributions, that there will be initial issues integrating Debian Stretch in an existing production environment. On the other hand, considering their record, the Debian team has a lot to be proud of, with most of their contributions making it to other distributions, and even FreeBSD.


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