ROOT in Debian "experimental"

Hi all,

ROOT 5.15.07 is now available from Debian “experimental”. That means, that Debian GNU/Linux users can simply add the line

(where NN is the country code e.g., us, fi, ch, etc.) to their
/etc/apt/sources.list, and do

apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install root-system

to install ROOT. The packages integrate into the system, so there’s no
need to set the environment variables ROOTSYS, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and

The packages are in experimental, because they are based on development code. Once ROOT releases the next production version (5.16.00, scheduled for June 27) we will build packages of this, and upload these to “unstable”. From there, the road to “testing” and eventually “stable” is straight forward.

Ubuntu users will probably see ROOT hit their distribution shortly.

This makes DEBIAN the first major Linux distribution that ships ROOT as part of it’s package list - beating even Scientific Linux.

I hope you will find this useful in your daily work with ROOT. Bugs should be filed using Debians normal bug tracking system.