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Debian 6.0 Was Just Released!

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Published on 05 February 2011 10:47 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
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Here's a pleasant Saturday evening surprise: Debian 6.0 was just released! After being in development for more than two years, the Debian developers have found it's now time to release the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" operating system. Not only is it Debian 6.0 GNU/Linux to play with, but as previously reported, Debian 6.0 GNU/kFreeBSD is official too.

Besides being available with Linux and FreeBSD kernels and then the horde of GNU packages making up the user-land, Debian 6.0 is available for the usual array of architectures plus PowerPC, SPARC, MIPS, Itanium, and ARM. The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port is currently available for 32-bit and 64-bit Intel/AMD systems.

Aside from introducing the kFreeBSD flavor, Debian 6.0 also takes the controversial step of removing closed firmware from the kernel.

Some packages found in Debian 6.0 include KDE 4.4.5, GNOME 2.30, X.Org 7.5, OpenOffice.org 3.2.1, Linux 2.6.32 kernel, GCC 4.4.5, and Xen 4.0.1.

There's a very lengthy announcement of Debian 6.0 over at Debian.org. At the same time as releasing 6.0 Squeeze, they also decided to overhaul their web-sites too.

Previously I have done benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD along with comparing the performance of Etch, Lenny, and Squeeze but now that 6.0 Squeeze is official, some new tests may be on the way.

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