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Re: Debian v.9.2.1 DVDs - how long are they good for?

On 03/14/2018 04:15 AM, Joe wrote:
On Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:20:30 +0000
Brian <ad44@cityscape.co.uk> wrote:

On Tue 13 Mar 2018 at 22:11:58 +0100, Nomen Nescio wrote:

I downloaded some Debian v.9.2.1 DVDs and I would like

Not today you didn't. It's 9.4.0 now.

Brian, did you bother to read what the OP *ACTUALLY* wrote.
He made *NO* mention of *WHEN* he had downloaded them.
In fact he strongly implied his goal was to have complete DVD sets and to download complete sets as infrequently as possible.

I also install from complete DVD sets. In fact my current set is v.9.1.0 - though purchased rather than downloaded due to limited bandwidth and time.

to know how long they are useful. In other words, how long
may I retain them as install DVDs and upgrade once it has
been installed and put on-line?

For ever and ever.

To expand a bit (you can tell that Brian's not paid by the word), the
numbered versions of Debian form a single chain from the earliest days.

You could literally install any numbered version and upgrade in steps
to the current one, though that would be a lot of wasted work. Any
version 9.x would upgrade in one step to current, and in the fullness
of time (probably at least a year) can be upgraded to the next major

The older the 9.x version to be upgraded, the more new software has to
be downloaded, but that's still vastly less than downloading a new
installation disc, the majority of the software won't change during
the life of the 9.x release.

Thank you for a useful answer.

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