Debian News Archives
Voting Proposed For Debian Jessie's Init System

After last week having an update on the current init system debate within Debian -- largely between systemd and Upstart -- and a major music company coming out in favor of systemd, the init system for Debian Jessie may now be taken to a vote.

25 January 2014 - Jessie Init System - 124 Comments
A Major Music Company Now Backs Systemd In Debian

Yesterday on Phoronix I mentioned Debian looked to be leaning in favor of using systemd over Upstart for its default init system given the latest comments by the technical committee members. The latest support for systemd in Debian comes from a streaming music company that's a major user of Debian GNU/Linux.

18 January 2014 - Systemd vs. Debian - 46 Comments
Debian Still Debating Systemd vs. Upstart Init System

The Debian technical committee hasn't yet decided what will be the default init system for the 8.0 "Jessie" release, but it still is a heated debate as some of the committee members are starting to publicly cast their views.

30 December 2013 - Upstart vs. Systemd - 184 Comments
Debian Trying Out Xfce Over GNOME By Default

While Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has used Xfce as its default desktop environment and prior to 7.0 Wheezy they experimented with Xfce by default for Debian GNU/Linux, it's being tried out once again.

5 November 2013 - Debian Xfce - 195 Comments
Debian To Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Debian developers have been in a very polarized discussion recently about replacing their default SysVinit system with a more modern init system; namely, Debian developers are evaluating whether to use systemd or Upstart.

28 October 2013 - Debian Switch - 215 Comments
Debian 8.0 To Be Frozen, Features Announced

The Debian Release Team has announced the Debian 8.0 "Jessie" freeze date along with the proposed release goals for this next major update to the Debian Linux distribution that also continues to maintain a FreeBSD kernel option. The Debian 8.0 news came just a short time after releasing Debian 7.2. Debian Jessie will look to expand upon systemd support and LLVM's Clang as a secondary compiler option to GCC.

13 October 2013 - Debian Jessie - 16 Comments
gNewSense 3.0 Switches From Ubuntu To Debian

For those concerned more about code licenses and the free nature of software over the quality, richness, and features of a Linux distribution, gNewSense 3.0 is now available. The gNewSense 3.0 release now supports three architectures and has switched from an Ubuntu base to now using Debain Linux.

7 August 2013 - gNewSense 3.0 - 32 Comments
Debian 7.0 GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks

Up this morning are benchmarks comparing the performance of Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 7.0, the version of the Debian operating system that ships the GNU user-land but replaces the Linux kernel from that of FreeBSD 9.0.

10 June 2013 - kFreeBSD - 29 Comments
Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 Release Brings New Packages

While it wasn't part of the Debian 7.0 Wheezy release earlier this month, the GNU non-Linux folks have now put out Debian GNU/Hurd 2013. This operating system pairs the Debian user-land with the GNU Hurd kernel.

22 May 2013 - GNU/Hurd 2013 - 43 Comments
SprezzOS Still Trying For A Faster Debian APT

Last month I wrote about the work being done by a small Linux distribution that most users likely have never heard of, SprezzOS, trying to rewrite Debian's APT utilities. Reported last month were significant performance gains out of rewriting the APT utilities, but work hasn't let up. There's more progress to share.

8 April 2013 - SprezzOS - Add A Comment
The SprezzOS Rewrite Of Debian's APT Continues

One of the more peculiar Linux distributions to emerge recently has been SprezzOS, which debuted with claims of being the most robust, performant, and beautiful Linux. When it launched it didn't generate much attention, but recently the SprezzOS developers began rewriting Debian's APT software.

25 March 2013 - APT-File - 10 Comments
64-bit ARM Version Of Ubuntu/Debian Is Booting

The 64-bit ARM (AArch64) port image of Debian/Ubuntu has surfaced. Debian-based Linux is now ready to play in a 64-bit ARM world, months ahead of any hardware appearing for the general public. Similar to x86_64, Linux is the first operating system ready for the new architecture.

27 February 2013 - AArch64 - 4 Comments
New Features Coming For Debian 7.0 "Wheezy"

With the recent release of Debian 7.0 Installer Release Candidate, the final release of Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" is effectively on approach. For those not up to speed on this major Linux distribution update, here's a list of some of the top features.

19 February 2013 - Wheezy - Add A Comment
Debian Is Still Being Made To Build With LLVM/Clang

Debian developers are still working on making the operating system compiler agnostic so that its packages can be built with LLVM/Clang and other compilers rather than continuing in a monogamist relationship with GCC.

10 February 2013 - Debian - 6 Comments
Running Debian With The Linux x32 ABI

Debian packages for using the Linux x32 ABI have begun to surface and it's possible to chroot into a Debian x32 environment, but it's not yet part of the official Debian archive.

5 December 2012 - Debian x32 - 6 Comments
Upstart Now Available In Debian Unstable

Steve Langasek of Canonical has pushed their latest Upstart init daemon into Debian unstable. Debian GNU/Linux can now handle either SysVinit, systemd, and Upstart to handle a head-to-head system booting battle.

27 November 2012 - Woohoo - 70 Comments

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