What Happened to Raspbian Wheezy?

What Happened to Raspbian Wheezy?
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On the 29th of September 2015 the final official launch of Raspbian Jessie was announced. I must say that this was quite a while ago according to internet news standards, but it wasn’t until the download link for Raspbian Wheezy was removed from RaspberryPi.org that I’ve noticed (which might also have been a short while ago).

For those of you who don’t know, Raspbian is a free Unix-like operating system (OS) based on Debian, which is optimised for the Raspberry Pi. As with for example with Android based systems, Raspbian Jessie is an upgrade from Raspbian Wheezy – just like Lollipop (version 5) vs. Marshmallow (version 6).

As with all version upgrades, Raspbian Jessie comes with a lot of additional and new features – see the full article here. They claim that the overall experience for advanced users won’t change that much. The system also now boots straight into the GUI instead of the command line, which according to some commenters are a bit irritating. By the sound of it, overall, you would like to upgrade! All the updates/upgrades of Wheezy has now officially stopped.

There are some links like this one explaining how to upgrade from Raspbian Wheezy to Jessie, but the apparently the process might cause irreversible crashes. I will be trying it out soon. In stead a full new install is indicated. The latest full and lite version of Raspbian Jessie is available for download from the official Raspberry Pi download page.

For a comprehensive guide also see Basics of Installing an Operating System to a Raspberry Pi.

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