We’re delighted to announce the availability of Debian 6 (code named “Squeeze”) for both 32 and 64 bit architectures through our deployment wizard. You can learn more about this release in Debian’s release announcement.
If you’re interested in upgrading a Debian 5 (Lenny) system to this release, please review our Debian 6 upgrade guide in the Linode Library.
Awesome! 🙂 Thanks for this and all the other support you guys give ;).
Awesome news! Are there any virtualization/kernel reasons that Debian 5 users should redeploy from the wizard instead of doing an in-place upgrade?
@Zeke As with all system upgrades, you should make sure you have good backups before proceeding, but upgrading a Lenny system should go smoothly. For best results, be sure to follow our Debian 6 upgrade guide.
Upgrade from Lenny was very smooth. One thing you might want to do is remove the lenny backports from your sources.list because the squeeze repositories will update your backports-installed packages automagically.
That was very quick. I expected it to take weeks to months to get an installable image. 😉
Thanks guys. <3
Upgrade went fairly smoothly. There were some problems with MYSQL. To eliminate the errors, I had to do:
apt-get autoremove mysql*
apt-get install mysql-server phpmyadmin
mysql_upgrade -u root -p
After that things seemed to work fine. Generally a flawless update. As a bonus my server now seems to use about 30meg less ram, so I have been able to improve my web server performance slightly.
I’d recommend upgrading Lenny to Squeeze over redeploying with Squeeze. Much smoother and simpler IMHO. And I’d follow Squeeze’s release notes which has extensive notes about upgrading.
Thanks for the tip about mysql. I completely missed that it was uninstalled as part of the upgrade.
With Linode platform, upgrading to squeeze has been incredibly easy!
15 minutes and a new brand “squeeze” version of my vps was perfectly working: mail server (Postfix/Dovecot), application server (JDK, Tomcat, MySQL) and security rules immediately in production… in minutes!!! not days, not hours…. minutes!!!
One reason more to confirm Linode as best platform to work with!
Thanks again guys.
Awesome! This didn’t take any time at all! 🙂
I had the same issues as Mike with MySQL, same fix as well.
Other than that it went smooth as silk.
just started my linode. I was surprised that for debian 6 I had both a 64 bit and a 32 bit choice of distro, but the setup dialog recommended 32 bit. Why would that be better?
scott says: “just started my linode. I was surprised that for debian 6 I had both a 64 bit and a 32 bit choice of distro, but the setup dialog recommended 32 bit. Why would that be better?”
Words are larger in 64 bits, and since memory is limited, 32 bits is better. You would use 64 bits on your home/work computer, of course, where lack of memory is probably not an issue. Years ago when linodes had much less RAM, 32 bits was DEFINITELY the way to go.