Django is the top Python web development framework and for good reason. It's powerful, flexible, and doesn't get in the way of developers. It also scales incredibly well, powering sites like Instagram.

Installing a Django development environment is very simple on Linux, and Debian makes it even simpler. There are two basic ways to go about it; the virtualenv way and the Debian way. The virtualenv way keeps django and all of the other Python packages installed with it contained, allowing for multiple installations with different packages and package versions. The Debian way uses apt to install and manage Django.

The Virtualenv Way

The virtualenv route is the best way to go if you need multiple independent Django installs or you want to work with different versions of Python than the ones Debian uses by default.

Installing the Packages

To stat off, you need to make sure that Python is installed and install the virtualenv package to compartmentalize your Python projects.
# apt install python python3 virtualenv


Discord is the favorite chat client among gamers. A few months back, an experimental "canary" release was launched for Linux. More recently, though, the availability of a stable client was announced.

Because of the popularity of Ubuntu and Debian systems, the client is available in a .deb package, making installing it on Debian Stretch super simple.

Get The Package

In order to get the package, you can either get the package from Discord's website or use wget. To use the wget option, cd into the directory where you want to save the package, and use wget to pull it down.


Ruby on Rails is the web framework that revolutionized web development a few years ago and powers many of the hottest start-ups today. It allows developers to rapidly develop working prototypes and even full sites without having to reinvent the wheel or worry about loads of configuration.

Ruby runs best on Unix-like systems, making Linux an excellent choice for developing for Rails. Debian Stretch comes loaded with up-to-date version of Ruby and Rails as well as providing support for the popular RVM Ruby manager.

Installing Ruby and Rails

There are two basic ways to install Ruby and Rails on Debian Stretch. The first is to use RVM(Ruby Version Manager). It allows you to change and select any current version of Ruby and compartmentalize installs.

The other option is to use the packages in the Debian repositories. They are stable and kept relatively current. They also can be used system wide.


The LAMP server is the cornerstone of Linux web hosting. In the early days of dynamic web content LAMP was what won Linux the crown in the web space, and it still is responsible for powering a very large portion of the Internet's sites.

If you're looking to set up a LAMP stack to host your website, it'd be hard to find a better option to build it on than Debian Stretch. Debian is, after all, well known for its stability, security, and massive package repositories, and Stretch is certainly no exception.


This article explains a system upgrade procedure from Debian 9 Stretch to Debian 10 Buster.

Currently, Debian Buster is in a state of testing. The stable Debian 10 Buster release date is to be expected in a second or third quarter of 2019.

Buster Full Upgrade

Let's first fully upgrade our current Debian Stretch system:
# apt-get update
# apt-get upgrade
# apt-get dist-upgrade

Update Package Repository to Debian Buster

# sed -i 's/stretch/buster/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

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