Debian developer and the team lead of “debian-cd” Steve McIntyre announced on the project’s mailing list that he and his team worked hard during the past 72 hours or so to rebuild all the live images of the new Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” release.
Launched this past weekend, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” is now the most stable and advanced release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system, shipping with tons of new features and updated technologies. The OS has been in development for the past two years.
Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” is distributed with the usual installation images for all supported architectures, as well as live ISOs pre-loaded with select desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE, only for 64- and 32-bit computers, which weren’t bug-free as the developers would have hoped.
“We found multiple issues in the live images released at the weekend. Since then, I’ve been working on fixes for the worst problems. I’ve just published a new set of images as 9.0.1,” says Steve McIntyre in the mailing list announcement, where the developer list the issues fixed so in the 9.0.1 point release.
The KDE Live ISOs continue to be unstable on some hardware
Some of the issues fixed included display problems with the isolinux menu when booting in BIOS mode, use of very restrictive permissions (i.e. drwx——) for the root directory, use of an incorrect Volume ID, and installation failure when trying to install the operating system from the live image boot menu.
But it looks like not everything was resolved, as the KDE Live ISOs continue to be unstable on certain hardware, specifically Intel ones (possible workaround: switch to VT1 and wait for the desktop to start), and the UTF-8 console is not configuring correctly (quick workaround: “dpkg-reconfigure console-setup” and select “UTF-8”).
These two problems should be fixed by the next update, which is currently planned for July. Until then, we recommend re-downloading the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Live ISOs right now from our website or via the Debian Project’s official mirrors if you want to test drive a certain desktop environment, otherwise it’s safe to use the install-only images for installing the OS.