Am I running the latest version of Debain


I downloaded the SD image off this website and installed Debain but when I type

lsb_release -a

I see

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Debian
Description:	Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 (jessie)
Release:	8.6
Codename:	jessie

I thought that the latest was version 16.09.
Do I need to get the latest image from somewhere else?



not sure i understand the question here, but i can try to provide some info.

16.09 corresponds to Linaro releases ‘naming’, which we tend to make every 3 months or so. Each Linaro release is based on Debian. So far we have been using Debian Jessie (aka stable) exclusively. Debian 8.6 was ‘the current’ Debian Jessie version when we released 16.09.

It is usually fine to upgrade the user space packages with

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

It should work 99% of the time.

Couple of notes:

  • in the next release we are planning to start using Debian testing, instead of Debian stable
  • it is not possible to upgrade the kernel with apt-get upgrade (at least not yet, we are willing to change that in the future).
  • reinstalling/flashing each new release every 3 months is possible, but it will wipe out your eMMC