Martin Schulze have posted an update about the next Debian release.
The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/
Upcoming Release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 24th, 2006 http://www.debian.org/News/2006/20060724
Upcoming Release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0
The Debian project confirms December 2006 as the date for the next
release of its distribution which will be named Debian GNU/Linux 4.0
alias 'etch'. This will be the first official release to include the
AMD64 architecture. The distribution will be released synchronously
for 11 architectures in total.
At this stage, the upcoming release will ship with Linux 2.6.17 as its
default kernel. This kernel will be used across all architectures and
on the installer. A later version may be selected during a review in
New features of this release include the GNU Compiler Collection 4.1
as default compiler. X.Org will replace XFree86 as implementation of
the X Window System X11. Secure APT will add extra security by easily
supporting strong cryptography and digital signatures to validate
Bug Squashing Parties
A number of real-life bug squashing parties will happen before the new
distribution is released in order to squash as many of the open
release-critical bugs as possible. They will be held in different
cities so that many people can participate in real-life.
Interested people who cannot join the developers in the respective
cities are invited to join the #debian-bugs channel on irc.debian.org
and participate online.
August 11th – 13th
Skolelinux Testcenter, Gütersloh, Germany
September 8th – 10th
Don Bosco Studentenheim, Vienna, Austria
October 6th – 8th
Espace Autogéré des Tanneries, Dijon, France
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
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.
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