GuiGuy wrote:Thanks for the replies, gentlemen.
I find this very confusing, and just wish everybody would stop using the word "stable" in connection
with Debian repositories.
well, that is ONE of the ways debian defines they repo. "stable" is always "stable". so if you were running debian proper and had "stable" instead of wheezy in your source definitions, this morning you probably updated to jessie-based stuff.
In this age of "rolling" distributions like arch, et. al., if easy to forget that debian is/can be a rolling distribution...it just rolls really really slowly (at least on the stable side).
Upgrades to Debian 8 from the previous release, Debian 7 (codenamed Wheezy), are automatically handled by the apt-get package management tool for most configurations. As always, Debian systems may be upgraded painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the release notes as well as the installation guide for possible issues, and for detailed instructions on installing and upgrading. The release notes will be further improved and translated to additional languages in the weeks after the release.