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Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Installer RC2 Is Out, Now Supports Linux Kernel 4.9

Coming approximately two and a half weeks after the release of the first RC build, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Installer RC2 appears to come with fewer improvements, but some of them are quite exciting. For example, the kernel was bumped from the deprecated Linux 4.8 branch to the long-term supported Linux 4.9 series, and a major update of the os-prober utility is now included. Among other changes implemented in this second Release Candidate build of the Debian Stretch Installer, we can mention the deprecation of the armel/versatile flavor because upstream Linux kernel support is no longer available, implementation of machine db entry for PINE64 single-board computers, installs all NIC modules in the netbood initrd for MIPS hardware, and adds switch (DSA) drivers to nic-modules.