Updating etch to lenny


31-Aug-2020 11:37

Debian's unstable trunk is named after Sid, a character who regularly destroyed his toys.Debian 1.0 was never released as a vendor accidentally shipped a development release with that version number.Debian 4.0 (Etch), released 8 April 2007, contained around 18,000 packages maintained by more than 1,030 developers.Debian was ported to x86-64 (amd64) and support for the Motorola 68000 series (m68k) architectures was dropped.Jedd, over at Jeddi.org, wrote a really helpful post back in 2015 about his experiences updating the ageing version of Debian that the VM is based on.The whole Dekiwiki image is held together by sticky-tape, but that post is really helpful in getting Etch upgraded to Wheezy.The package management system dpkg and its front-end dselect were developed and implemented on Debian in a previous release.A transition from the binary format to the ELF binary format had already begun before the planned 1.0 release.

KDE was introduced and Debian was ported to the following architectures: IA-64, PA-RISC (hppa), mips and mipsel and IBM ESA/390 (s390).

It all happened before my time, but it seems as if Dekiwiki came as a pre-built VMware Appliance, based on Debian Etch (Debian 4.0; released in 2007).

After giving our Dekiwiki environment some serious side-eye for a while, I finally decided to get my hands dirty and try to upgrade it.

(sysvinit and upstart packages are provided as alternatives.) Debian was ported to the ARM64 and ppc64le architectures, while support for the IA-64, kfreebsd-amd64 and kfreebsd-i386, IBM ESA/390 (s390) (only the 31-bit variant; the newer 64-bit s390x was retained) and SPARC architectures were dropped..

Major upgrades include the Linux kernel going from version 3.16 to 4.9, GNOME desktop version going from 3.14 to 3.22, KDE Plasma 4 was upgraded to Plasma 5, Libre Office 4.3 upgraded to 5.2 and Qt upgraded from 4.8 to 5.7. The Intel 586 (Pentium), Intel 586/686 hybrid (Pentium with MMX) and Power PC architectures are no longer supported as of Stretch.The web browser Chromium was introduced and Debian was ported to the kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64 architectures (while that port was later discontinued), and support for the Intel 486, Alpha, and PA-RISC (hppa) architectures was dropped.