• Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Is Available for Download

    After two years of development, the Debian Project team proudly announced a few minutes ago, February 6th, the immediate availability for download of the final and stable version of the highly anticipated Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) Linux-based operating system.

    Dubbed Squeeze, Debian 6.0 includes lots of updated applications, new features and improvements. Among these, we can mention the inclusion of four important desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, Xfce and LXDE), compatibility with FHS 2.3, support for nine architectures (32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), Intel Itanium (ia64), 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), Sun/Oracle SPARC (sparc), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), MIPS mipsel (little-endian) and (mips (big-endian)), IBM S/390 (s390) and ARM EABI (armel)).

    "Debian runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. A total of nine architectures are supported by Debian GNU/Linux: 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun/Oracle SPARC (sparc), MIPS (mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian)), Intel Itanium (ia64), IBM S/390 (s390), and ARM EABI (armel)." - was stated in the official release announcement.

    Highlights of Debian 6.0:

    Linux kernel 2.6.32;
    X.Org 7.5;
    KDE Software Compilation 4.4.5;
    GNOME 2.30;
    Xfce 4.6;
    LXDE 0.5.0;
    OpenOffice.org 3.2.1;
    GIMP 2.6.11;
    Iceweasel 3.5.16;
    Icedove 3.0.11;
    PostgreSQL 8.4.6;
    MySQL 5.1.49;
    GCC 4.4.5;
    Apache 2.2.16;
    Samba 3.5.6;
    Python 2.6.6, 2.5.5 and 3.1.3;
    Perl 5.10.1;
    PHP 5.3.3;
    Asterisk 1.6.2.9;
    Nagios 3.2.3;
    Xen Hypervisor 4.0.1 (with support for dom0 and domU);
    OpenJDK 6b18;
    Tomcat 6.0.18;
    and more than 29,000 various applications, built from about 15,000 source packages.

    Debian 6.0 also includes over 10,000 new packages such as the Chromium web browser, the Icinga open source monitoring solution, the Software Center package management front-end, the wicd network manager, the Corosync cluster framework and the lxc Linux container utilities.

    "With this broad selection of packages, Debian once again stays true to its goal of being the universal operating system. It is suitable for many different use cases: from desktop systems to netbooks; from development servers to cluster systems; and for database, web or storage servers."

    "At the same time, additional quality assurance efforts like automatic installation and upgrade tests for all packages in Debian's archive ensure that Debian 6.0 fulfils the high expectations that users have of a stable Debian release. It is rock solid and rigorously tested."

    Last but not least, the installation process of Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) has been greatly improved in various ways. For example, it now includes easier selection of keyboard settings and language, partitioning of logical volumes, support for encrypted systems and RAID.

    Debian 6.0 also brings support for the popular and modern EXT4 and Btrfs filesystems, and support for the ZFS (Zettabyte) filesystem on the kFreeBSD architecture. The installation system for Debian 6.0 has been translated in 70 languages.

    Source: Softpedia
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    1. ca_aok's Avatar
      ca_aok -
      I've been running squeeze for about a year now and I've never had any issues, so it's no surprise to me that a stable release was around the corner. I haven't decided whether I want to move on to "wheezy" (the new testing release) yet, I'll probably wait for the initial dust to settle a bit before switching my repositories.