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Debian 6.0.8 is Out (and Other Debian News)

Ian's 'baby' keeps on giving and spreading freedom

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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 [1] and some exciting news about its impact (see "Debian increases its popularity on web servers" [2]). MATE is now becoming part of Debian [3] and the default init system is to be decided on [4]. Virtualisation is an area where Debian provides many choices [5] 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 [6].



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:

  1. Debian 6.0.8 Officially Released
    The Debian project announced the immediate availability for download of the eight maintenance release of the Debian 6 Linux operating system.


  2. Debian Project News - October 28th, 2013
    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 Other news Upcoming events New Debian Contributors Important Debian Security Advisories New and noteworthy packages Work-needing packages Want to continue reading DPN?



  3. MATE to make it into Debian repositories


  4. Init wars: Debian technical panel to decide


    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.


  5. Debian Virtualization: LXC debootstrap filesystem


  6. Introducing Kwheezy 1.2
    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.


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