Debian will no longer be defaulting to the Xfce desktop but they have returned to using the GNOME desktop as the default.
In a commit made for Debian's forthcoming 7.0 Wheezy release, Xfce is now the default desktop choice.
Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" will be succeeded by Debian 8.0, which is going to be developed under the codename of "Jessie" as revealed in a mailing list message.
Besides Android as the dominant Linux-based mobile platform, Ubuntu, Tizen, Maemo/MeeGo, webOS, Firefox OS, and various other Linux platforms have aspired to compete in the mobile space. In addition, Debian wants to remain relevant in the mobile space.
For those not aware. Emdebian is a smaller, lighter flavor of Debian Linux intended for use on embedded devices. At DebConf this week they talked a bit about this initiative.
The latest out of DebConf 12 are future plans from the Debian game team.
Earlier this week at DebConf there was a discussion about Debian derivatives so that Debian's offspring could share their experiences and also for the Debian developers to share various derivative-related initiatives. Some friction between Debian and distributions based upon it (namely Ubuntu) were exposed.
Back in March it was shared that LLVM's Clang compiler can build much of the Debian archive. This week at DebConf a status update was shared on using LLVM/Clang as an alternative compiler to GCC within Debian.
Debian developers are working towards an official armhf image for the Wheezy release and they're also gearing up for official 64-bit ARMv8 / AArch64 support in the "Wheezy + 1" release.
Aside from bringing up the successor to Debian 7.0 Wheezy and Debian's plans for UEFI SecureBoot support, Debian developers in Managua also discussed on Monday the size of this next Debian release and other release plans.
Debian developers today at DebConf 12, aside from talking about the future Debian codename, discussed what to do about UEFI booting for Debian Linux.
Debian developers are still deciding on the name for the successor to "Wheezy + 1", but should be announcing a name within the next month.
Here are some benchmarks of the MIPS-based ICT Loongson-3A quad-core processor out of China.
Next week the Debian 7.0 release will be frozen.
Clang, the C/C++ front-end compiler for LLVM, is progressing quite quickly and is capable of building the Debian archives quite well, at least for a majority of the packages and on popular architectures.
Over on the GNU.org Hurd news page is a status update for the GNU Hurd operating system for Q2'2011.
Here's a pleasant Saturday evening surprise: Debian 6.0 was just released! After being in development for more than two years, the Debian developers have found it's now time to release the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" operating system. Not only is it Debian 6.0 GNU/Linux to play with, but as previously reported, Debian 6.0 GNU/kFreeBSD is official too.
It was back in late October that the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" installer had reached beta status and now today its first release candidate has been introduced.
The Debian project has announced with their Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" release their default Linux kernel will be free of any non-free firmware/microcode. The Debian developers wish to have their kernel free absolutely of any non-free firmware bits, although Linus Torvalds has allowed such firmware for wireless adapters and other computer components generally into the Linux kernel.
While Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has supported the ZFS file-system with its FreeBSD-8 kernel, support for installing the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD distribution to a root ZFS file-system will now be possible with the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" release.
With the upcoming release of Debian Squeeze, the Debian Installer team has announced the first beta release of the Debian Installer 6.0. This version of the Debian Installer brings several fixes, package updates, and new features.
For quite a while now there has been work towards bettering the Debian source package format, in particular with more effective handling of Debian packaging files, and this resulted in a new source format coming about: 3.0 Quilt.
Since last year we have been talking about Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, one of the official ports for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" that will bring a 32-bit and 64-bit FreeBSD kernel as an option to using the Linux kernel. Debain GNU/kFreeBSD still has the Debian user-land complete with its massive package repository and apt-get support, but the FreeBSD kernel is running underneath instead of Linux. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has matured a lot over the past year and most recently it has switched to using the FreeBSD 8.1 kernel by default and also now supports ZFS file-systems.
Previously it was shared that the Debian team was working on bringing the FreeBSD kernel to this important Linux distribution as an option along side the Linux kernel. Today the Debian release team has announced that the FreeBSD kernel in FreeBSD (kFreeBSD) for x86 and x86_64 systems is ready and will be "handled equal with the other release ports" beginning with Debian Squeeze. Going by the name Squeeze, Debian 6.0 is expected to be released in Q2'2010, and will bring the kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64 ports.
Nearly two years after the introduction of Debian 4.0 "Etch", Debian has reached the version 5.0 milestone. Debian 5.0 "Lenny" was released yesterday on Valentine's Day after it previously had faced a few delays. Debian 5.0 is based upon the Linux 2.6.26 kernel, X.Org 7.3, GNOME 2.22, KDE 3.5.10, and OpenOffice.org 2.4 are among the key packages.
While it's not yet time for Debian Lenny, Debian 4.0 "Etch" has been updated with security updates and other changes. There have been 41 Debian packages with miscellaneous fixes while over 100 security fixes can be found in this second Debian 4.0 update. Download links and the specifics about the changes can be found on the Debian website. Meanwhile, the release of Debian Lenny is planned for the second half of 2008.
While Debian 4.0 "Etch" was released just a few days ago, planning has already begun for the next major Debian release. Lenny is the codename for the next Debian release that is due out a little over a year from now. Lenny will be based upon Etch and over 2000 packages have already been updated, but the interesting features for Lenny haven't yet been conceived. Next week Anthony Towns will be stepping down as the Debian Project Leader and will be released by Sam Hocevar. More information is available at LinuxWorld.
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename: Etch) has finally been released! Debian 4.0 had been in development for 21 months and was delayed for a few months, but today it's finally out the door. The Debian announcement can be read on their mailing list.
Due to a greater amount of bugs than what developers had hoped for, the release candidate freeze for Debian Etch has been delayed. At this time there are approximately 250 bugs yet to be addressed, while developers were hoping to freeze at approximately 80 bugs. The full archive freeze has been pushed back a few days, and we can expect to see that release later this month or early next month. The official Debian Etch release is tentatively scheduled for early December of this year. The official freeze-delay announcement can be read at LWN.
Hewlett-Packard has stated it will now support Debian Linux on its ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers. This support will be available through HP telephone operators. PC World has additional analysis on this matter.
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