March 1 versus Nov 12 image of Debian Wheezy for Beaglebone Black

I attempted to install several Beaglebone Blacks with the Nov 12 Debian Wheezy 7.9 image posted as the latest one on the website (see but had to abort this prior to Xmas because of an issue with the LXDE desktop not starting up properly (see my other post from a few minutes ago - unfortunately I couldn’t identify the culprit in time before Xmas). Instead I then resorted to using the Debian 7.8 image from March 1, 2015, which is posted currently as the first one under “Older Debian images”. It did not have the LXDE issue, and generally worked fine. (Based on what I can tell, it is in fact the image that came on the batch of boards I just ordered.)

After running through all software updates (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade) and upgrading the kernel (cd /opt/script; git pull; ./tools/ --bone-channel --stable) I seem to be at about the same point that the Nov 12 image put me after all updates:

debian@beaglebone:~$ uname -a
Linux beaglebone 3.8.13-bone79 #1 SMP Tue Oct 13 20:44:55 UTC 2015 armv7l GNU/Linux
debian@beaglebone:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.

Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 7.9 (wheezy)
Release: 7.9
Codename: wheezy

So I’m now wondering what benefit of the Nov 12 image I’m still missing out on by having started with the March 1 image. Perhaps there are packages installed on the Nov 12 that never were on the March 1 image, but presumably if I wanted or needed those, I can just install them. Any suggestions why I might want to go back (or I guess you could say “forward”) to the Nov 12 image, if I’m otherwise staying with Debian Wheezy?

Thanks for sharing any feedback!


Wheezy's mostly been in maintenance mode over that time frame..