Debian, for all that it's a very popular and important community Linux has a problem with hitting deadlines. I mean it's not like how Microsoft can miss its deadlines by years, but still Debian has had its troubles.
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However, Reichle-Schmehl continued, “Even as a “simple user” (aren't we all just users?) you may help getting “Lenny” released.” Specifically, he suggests that if you're already running Debian 4, Etch, “you could consider upgrading to “Lenny” and see, if everything works fine. Currently there are no detailed release notes documenting the procedure, so you best way to test upgrades are to:
1. Make backups
2. Change your /etc/apt/sources.list
3. Run aptitude update to get information about new packages
4. Run aptitude install dpkg aptitude apt to install the newest package management
5. Run aptitude full-upgrade”