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Debian Lenny: A Linux Valentine Release
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| Linux lovers rejoice -- you'll also be getting a present this Valentine's Day
| in the form of the Debian Lenny release.
| Lenny, named after a character in the Disney/Pixar film "Toy Story," marks
| the first major Debian release since Etch in April 2007.
| It's an important milestone for the distro, which is the basis of the popular
| Ubuntu Linux distribution and competes in the broader Linux ecosystem against
| Red Hat and Novell SUSE, among others. In 2008, Debian celebrated its 15th
| anniversary as it continues to remain a relevant community-based Linux
Debian Lenny, coming Real Soon Now!
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| With the release of 'Lenny' - the latest stable branch of Debian GNU/Linux -
| on Saturday (yes, that's Valentine's day - don't forget!), Tom Callway speaks
| to the head of the Debian project, Steve MacIntyre.
| Why is the imminent release of Lenny a good thing for the Debian community?
| It's the focus of lots of the work we've been doing for the last two years or
| so, with many new and updated versions of everybody's favourite packages.
| We've translated more of our packages into more languages, and (as ever!)
| there are more packages available. That means we can cover more people's
| needs, from home laptop or desktop system through to universities running
| massive scientific clusters and businesses depending on a very solid platform
| for their servers.
| Many members of our community are happy to run from our testing and unstable
| branches, but the stable releases are very important to the rest where they
| trust us to just make things work and keep them working.
A touch of sadness as Lenny emerges
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| Debian project leader (DPL) Steve Mcintyre said: "We will be dedicating the
| Lenny release to our long-term contributor and friend Thiemo Seufer, who was
| tragically killed in a car accident in Germany on December 26 last year.
| "He was responsible for much of the work on the Debian MIPS ports and was
| always happy to help, sharing his technical excellence and good humour with
| many of us over the years. Thiemo's tireless efforts in Debian and many other
| projects will be sorely missed."
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| Message-ID: <jngne4-fv3.ln1@xxxxxxxxxx>
| From: "[H]omer" <spam@xxxxxxx>
| Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
| Subject: Re: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (etch) released
| Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2007 17:09:54 +0100
| > http://www.debian.org/News/2007/20070408
| Here's some interesting comparisons between Debian Etch and Vista:
| Project Life-cycle:
| . Debian - 1.75 years (Etch)
| . Vista - 5.50 years
| Supported Architectures:
| . Debian - Sparc, Alpha, PowerPC, i386, ia64, PA-RISC, MIPS, ARM, IBM
| S/390, AMD64 and Intel EM64T. (Older custom versions for the
| Motorola MC68K series)
| . Vista - Technically ... none, since it doesn't really work.
| Available Desktop Environments / Window Managers:
| . Debian - 3D-Desktop, 4dwm, 5Dwm, 9wm, aewm, AfterStep, amiwm,
| Blackbox, Compiz/Beryl, CTWM, dwm, EDE (Equinox),
| Enlightenment, EvilPoison, evilwm, Fluxbox, foXdesktop,
| FVWM, FVWM95, FVWM-Crystal, Gnome, hackedbox, HaZe, IceWM,
| Ion, JD4X (Java Desktop), JWM, Kahakai, KDE, KWin, Larswm,
| Luminocity, LWM, Matchbox, Metacity, Metisse, MWM (Motif),
| OLWM/OLVWM, Openbox, Orion, Oroborus, PekWM, PLWM, PWM,
| Qvwm, ratpoison, ROX, Sawfish, Scwm, Stumpwm, swm, The GREAT
| Desktop, TrsWM, twm, UDE, uwm, Waimea, WindowLab, Window
| Maker, wm2, WMI, wmii, XD640, XFCE, Xfwm, XPde, XPwm, XWEM
| . Vista - Aero
| . Debian - £0.00
| . Vista - £187.48 (Home Premium - a.k.a. The "real" version) [Amazon]
| . Debian - Mainly GPL/LGPL. Full sources available at no cost.
| . Vista - Proprietary. SDKs only. (Limited Sources available to select
| partners and government agencies).
| . Debian - Server, Desktop, Media Centre, Office, Cluster /
| Supercomputing, Any Purpose.
| . Vista - Experimental Desktop, Toy, Practical Joke.
| . Debian - "Support for Debian is among the most complete you can find
| in the open source world. Debian is traditionally a
| distribution of developers that connect with each other and
| with users via email or IRC. Developers respond to bug
| reports promptly. Several mailing lists in all supported
| languages have high traffic and people that like to help.
| If you're in a hurry, you can join the #debian IRC channel
| on the freenode network. You can even pay for support if
| you want to; debian.org has a list of companies that will
| take your money and answer your questions.
| Debian is the most truly community-driven distribution,
| proud of its GNU name. It supports lots of platforms, and
| its software quality assurance is excellent. Security flaws
| are fixed in the Etch repositories quickly. With mirrors
| all around the world, installation of new packages is
| quick. Even if any single Linux company disappears, Debian
| will remain intact -- as my desktop OS."
| - http://tinyurl.com/yqg3cq (newsforge.com)
| . Vista - "I found [Vista] to be a dangerously unstable operating
| system, which has caused me to lose data ... unfortunately
| this product is unfit for any user.
| - http://tinyurl.com/3bpfs2 (hardocp.com)
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