The Debian project's maintainer, Luk Claes, announced in an email Saturday that he will freeze the “testing” or “Lenny” tree, in preparation for a new stable release of Debian Linux. On Claes's checklist for September 2008: “Release lenny!”
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The freeze means that open source software developers have only a couple more days to package any applications that they want to be included in the next release of Debian — and by extension, in the inner sanctum source lists of distributions such as Ubuntu that are based on it. After the freeze starts next week, Debian maintainers will no longer accept new packages, but instead will turn their attention to about 360 release-critical bugs.