FYI - Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released

Kristoffer Gustafsson kg84 at
Sun Apr 8 20:54:23 UTC 2007


with this new debian is brltty included on the installation dvd of debian, 
so I don't need to install from the small testing cd iso image longer?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Aldo" <info at>
To: "Blinux List" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2007 10:26 PM
Subject: FYI - Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released

> It's a great day: Etch is now Debian 4.0 Release!
> The Debian Project                      
> Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released                           press at
> April 8th, 2007       
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released
> The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian
> GNU/Linux version 4.0, codenamed "etch", after 21 months of constant
> development.  Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports
> a total of eleven processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME
> and Xfce desktop environments.  It also features cryptographic software
> and compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version
> 3.1 of the LSB.
> Using a now fully integrated installation process, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0
> comes with out-of-the-box support for encrypted partitions.  This
> release introduces a newly developed graphical frontend to the
> installation system supporting scripts using composed characters and
> complex languages; the installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now
> been translated to 58 languages.
> Also beginning with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, the package management system
> has been improved regarding security and efficiency.  Secure APT allows
> the verification of the integrity of packages downloaded from a mirror.
> Updated package indices won't be downloaded in their entirety, but
> instead patched with smaller files containing only differences from
> earlier versions.
> Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld
> systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between.  A total
> of eleven architectures are supported including:  Sun SPARC (sparc), HP
> Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386) and
> IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm), IBM
> S/390 (s390) and -- newly introduced with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 -- AMD64
> and Intel EM64T (amd64).
> Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from various installation media such
> as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network.  GNOME is
> the default desktop environment and is contained on the first CD.  The K
> Desktop Environment (KDE) and the Xfce desktop can be installed through
> two new alternative CD images.  Also newly available with Debian
> GNU/Linux 4.0 are multi-arch CDs and DVDs supporting installation of
> multiple architectures from a single disc.
> Debian GNU/Linux can be downloaded right now via bittorent (the
> recommended way), jigdo or HTTP;  see <> for
> further information.  It will soon be available on DVD and CD-ROM from
> numerous vendors <>, too.
> This release includes a number of updated software packages, such as the
> K Desktop Environment 3.5 (KDE), an updated version of the GNOME desktop
> environment 2.14, the Xfce 4.4 desktop environment, the GNUstep desktop
> 5.2, X.Org 7.1, 2.0.4a, GIMP 2.2.13, Iceweasel (an
> unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox, Icedove (an unbranded
> version of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5), Iceape (an unbranded version of
> Mozilla Seamonkey 1.0.8), PostgreSQL 8.1.8, MySQL 5.0.32, GNU Compiler
> Collection 4.1.1, Linux kernel version 2.6.18, Apache 2.2.3, Samba
> 3.0.24, Python 2.4.4 and 2.5, Perl 5.8.8, PHP 4.4.4 and 5.2.0, Asterisk
> 1.2.13, and more than 18,000 other ready to use software packages.
> Upgrades to Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 from the previous release, Debian
> GNU/Linux 3.1 codenamed "sarge", are automatically handled by the
> aptitude package management tool for most configurations, and to a
> certain degree also by the apt-get package management tool.  As always,
> Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded quite painlessly, in place,
> without any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the
> release notes for possible issues.  For detailed instructions about
> installing and upgrading Debian GNU/Linux, please see the release notes
> <>.  Please note that
> the release notes will be further improved and translated to additional
> languages in the coming weeks.
> About Debian
> ------------
> Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than
> a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the
> Internet.  Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature,
> and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux
> distributions.
> The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication
> to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best
> operating system possible.  Debian 4.0 is another important step in that
> direction.
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