No, and that is by design. The name is meant to pin down the distribution and avoid upgrades.
Thanks for your response. Can I simply add the stable repo to my list, or would I have to update manually?
@squire Just replace "stretch" with "stable" and it will always keep up-to-date with future releases as you run "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade"
@valhalla Thanks. I found out more about this after some research.
@r00tobo Is there generally a good time to move up a release? I'm happy with Stretch but don't know how long I should stick with it if there's a newer release. Any suggestions appreciated.
@squire Not really, I would wait till next year until Stretch is handled to the LTS team. then upgrade. usually any official release of Debian gets 3 years of support + 2 years from the LTS team later on. that being said, if u are a Desktop user, I would switch to the newer version after 1 month at least. if u are running Debian on a server, then it doesn't really matter that much.
@r00tobo Thanks for the tip
you can get the upgrade at any time if you change "stretch" to "buster" in your apt sources but it's strongly recommended to read the release notes to know the details and if you need to do additional steps in your systems https://www.debian.org/releases/buster/releasenotes
And of course, backups are always recommended prior to any change :-)
@larjona Sounds about right. Thanks!
What do I need to do so I can upgrade right after the release?
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