Ian’s ‘baby’ keeps on giving and spreading freedom
Photo from Ilya Schurov, Computerra Weekly
Summary: Bits of news about Debian and its extended family
Debian, the most widely used GNU/Linux distribution (on servers in particular), has a new bugfix release  and some exciting news about its impact (see “Debian increases its popularity on web servers” ). MATE is now becoming part of Debian  and the default init system is to be decided on . Virtualisation is an area where Debian provides many choices  and for those who prefer a different (from default) desktop environment there is KDE as part of the default in Kwheezy, which received some positive reviews lately .
In many ways, owing to extensive repositories and lack of focus on just one particular market or purpose, Debian has got in it much of the best of GNU/Linux, including choice. It remains a leading choice in many enterprises. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
The Debian project announced the immediate availability for download of the eight maintenance release of the Debian 6 Linux operating system.
Bits from the Release Team
s390 removed from the archive in favour of s390x
manpages.debian.net now an official service
Debian increases its popularity on web servers
New Debian Contributors
Important Debian Security Advisories
New and noteworthy packages
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The leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, has announced that the question of which init system will be the default in the next release, Jessie, will be decided by the project’s technical committee.
Once the interface was pleasantly bland and once the additional services had been disabled, I found I slowly grew to like Kwheezy. The combination of the KDE desktop with a lot of useful software and Debian’s rock solid base is a winning formula. I certainly liked the Kwheezy installer and the basic concept behind its design. I would have enjoyed my time with the distribution a good deal more if it had a quieter interface and fewer features enabled out of the box. I feel a calmer desktop would be more in line with Debian’s design. In the end, I came around to enjoying Kwheezy, but only after I convinced the desktop to stop distracting me from my work.