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Two Major Debian Releases In One Day 189

AndyCater writes "If all goes according to plan, Debian should release both an update to Debian Sarge (3.1r6, henceforth to be oldstable) and a new stable release (Debian 4.0, which was codenamed Etch) — and announce the results of the election for Debian Project Leader — all within 12 hours. Sarge was updated late on April 7th UTC, Sam Hocevar was announced as DPL at about 00:30 UTC, and preparations for the release of Debian Etch are ongoing and look good for later on the 8th."
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Two Major Debian Releases In One Day

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  • by Cyberax ( 705495 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @02:30AM (#18653391)
    I can still see 17 release-critical bugs in their bugtracker: []

    Have they decided to postpone their resolution until R2?
  • by Tyndareos ( 206375 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @02:34AM (#18653419) Homepage
    If you would like to celebrate the release of Etch, check out if there's a party planned near you or throw one yourself :) []
  • The Wow Starts Now! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jazzer_Techie ( 800432 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @02:38AM (#18653443)
    Cue the:
    Two releases in one day! This is like a turtle suddenly accelerating to lightspeed. It should shut up the people who say the Debian cycle is slow! Good thing they've nearly caught up to Windows; only 2.0 more versions to go!

    In all seriousness, this stable came out over a year more quickly than 3.0 -> 3.1. That's nice to see. I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl.
  • Kinda OT (Score:2, Interesting)

    by systems ( 764012 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @02:56AM (#18653511)
    But I can't help but to think, life is changing

    Distros are not a hot topic anymore
    where are all the debate about the best distro
    or the best desktop environment

    the source based vs binary based

    where is gentoo where is mandriva where is slackware

    The distro arena kinda became dry, or it matured I dunno

    Is it time to really standardize linux?

  • by phrasebook ( 740834 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @03:17AM (#18653575)
    For me there is nothing exciting about the stable release itself. The real significance is that all the new stuff backed up in experimental can start moving into sid, then into testing again. Debian should have a way of branching testing and making a release out of that branch, rather than bringing the whole thing to a halt while a release gestates.
  • by Respect_my_Authority ( 967217 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @06:06AM (#18654103)

    Ah, Etch is finally out the door and it's time to start tracking Lenny. Congrats to all you developers whose amazing skill and hard work ensures that debian stays my favourite distro!

    Sam Hocevar had this year the most interesting DPL candidate platform, IMHO. Not that my opinion matters 'cause I'm not a developer myself and, hence, not qualified to vote. Also, it doesn't look like the DPL would have much power to change things. Best of luck Sam -- this time next year we'll know how good you are in herding cats. And don't forget to write those regular DPL reports you promised in your platform.

    BTW, does anyone have any idea why so many votes were rejected in this year's DPL election?

  • by mcubed ( 556032 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @07:15AM (#18654311) Homepage
    For many Debian desktop users, testing, under normal circumstances, represents the sweet spot of desktop distros: just timely enough, just stable enough; not as fast-moving or susceptible to breakage as Sid, not as hopelessly dated as stable. As a rule, not a bug-ridden as distros based off Sid (Ubuntu, etc.). Those circumstances change, however, when Debian goes into release-mode. And in Debian, releases take months to complete. Testing stagnates, at least from the point of view of those of us who normally prefer it to the other options out there. IMO, Etch is more outdated than I'd like and has been for a good four months or so. It may not be the purpose of testing from the Debian Project's POV, but that's the use many Debianistas make of it. Personally, I would be thrilled if the next time someone decides to derive a new Debian-based distro, he versions off testing instead of unstable.
  • by A.K.A_Magnet ( 860822 ) on Sunday April 08, 2007 @01:03PM (#18656057) Homepage
    Yes I know who he is :).

    Btw isn't exclusively used by him even if it belongs to Sam, if you want to go to Sam's website, the proper URL is [].

    Yes he is somewhat of a troll and he's a GNAA member, a goatsex troll fan and certainly more, so what? He's also an excellent hacker and Free Software contributor (he played a major role in VideoLan/VLC which is now the best video player around here). What's more, his platform was the best. I for one am really satisfied with this year's DPL election.

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