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Debian Update: Debian 7.2 is Out, ‘Distro Tracker’ Launched

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux at 4:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

New goodies from Raphaël Hertzog

Raphaël Hertzog

Summary: Some news from the land of Debian, which by some measures is the most widely used distribution of GNU/Linux

Debian 7,1 is still used by many (like myself or some derivatives [1]), but a new release is announced [2] and other Debian news [3,4] from key people [5] can suggest that a piece of software called Distro Tracker is created to enhance what we have. The new project page says that “Debian Package Tracker is a set of services tailored to distribution developers, package maintainers, and anybody who might have to interact with those people (upstream developers, bug reporters, advanced users, etc). It lets you follow almost everything related to the life of a package (or of a set of packages).” This will hopefully make Debian GNU/Linux even more excellent than it presently is. Thanks to Raphaël Hertzog for this. Credit also goes to Marko Lalic, who was funded by Google to work on this.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Skolelinux / Debian Edu 7.1 install and overview video from Marcelo Salvador

    The other day I was pleased and surprised to discover that Marcelo Salvador had published a video on Youtube showing how to install the standalone Debian Edu / Skolelinux profile. This is the profile intended for use at home or on laptops that should not be integrated into the provided network services (no central home directory, no Kerberos / LDAP directory etc, in other word a single user machine). The result is 11 minutes long, and show some user applications (seem to be rather randomly picked). Missed a few of my favorites like celestia, planets and chromium showing the Zygote Body 3D model of the human body, but I guess he did not know about those or find other programs more interesting. :) And the video do not show the advantages I believe is one of the most valuable featuers in Debian Edu, its central school server making it possible to run hundreds of computers without hard drives by installing one central LTSP server.

  2. Debian 7.2 Update Released

    Debian 7.2, an update to the “Wheezy” branch, was released over the weekend fixing quite a few issues. As usual, The Debian Project encourages users to update through the package managers. Images are available for new installs.

  3. Debian Project News – October 14th, 2013
  4. Bonus: D is for Debian
  5. My Free Software Activities in September 2013
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