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It is the current [[DebianOldStable|oldstable]] distribution. It is the current oldoldstable distribution.

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Debian Releases > Debian Jessie

Jessie is the development codename for Debian 8. Jessie receives Long-Term-Support since 2018-06-17. It was superseded by Debian Stretch on 2017-06-17.

It is the current oldoldstable distribution.

Debian Jessie Life cycle

Before the release

Release and updates


  • work in progress, Read "Bits from the release teams" emails and arch_qualify page

    • Two architectures have been introduced: arm64 and ppc64el, and three were dropped: s390 (i.e 31bits support is dropped, replaced by s390x), sparc, and ia64.

New Features

See New In Jessie

Packages & versions

  • apt:
  • kernel: Linux 3.16
  • gcc: 4.9
  • Gnome 3.14, KDE 4.14, Xfce 4.10

  • libc: libc6 2.19-18
  • X-server: Xorg 7.7

Expected version, as of 2015-09-08


Q) Which ''Toy Story'' character is Jessie?

She's the cowgirl modeled after the character on the fictional television show Woody's Roundup (see Wikipedia page, picture)

Q) Where do I get jessie packages?
At this time (April 2019), jessie-backports have been archived, jessie-updates has been deleted (all proposed updates were moved into main long ago), and only partial security support remains. Use the following sources:
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ jessie main
deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main

If you need backports, first be warned that these are archived and no longer being updated; they may have security bugs or other major issues. They are not supported in any way.

deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main
The jessie-backports Release file's validation key is also expired, and will not be renewed or replaced. You will need to tell apt to disregard this expired key. One way to do that is to put
Acquire::Check-Valid-Until false;

in the /etc/apt/apt.conf file.

See also: