Debian Lenny goes to 5.0.4, and so do I

When Debian issues a point release, as it just did with the current Stable distribution Lenny going from the 5.0.3 to 5.0.4, it’s no big deal. They happen. But you don’t need to throw out your Lenny install CDs or do any kind of reinstallation.

The updates have been flowing to your Debian-running machine (assuming you have one) all along if you’ve been using the Update Manager that ships in the standard desktop, or regularly checking for updates with Aptitude or apt.

If you are in need of a new Debian install CD, be it the network installer, the business-card size installer or a full CD or DVD, there will be new images with all the patches up through 5.0.4. But you can always install with even a 5.0.0 disc made when Lenny went Stable (Feb. 15, 2009) and then update the box and have everything in 5.0.4.

And Debian installations are generally upgradeable from one distribution to another, say from Lenny to the current Testing branch, Squeeze, or to Squeeze once it becomes stable itself (sending Lenny into Old Stable territory, at which time it will still get security patches for an additional year).

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