Saturday, October 11, 2008

Debian Lenny maybe in June '09

According to an entry on Linux Pro Magazine's site, while some are pushing to get Lenny to Stable sometime in 2008, others think it will take until mid-2009.

In a note to the Debian developer list, Alexander 'Tollmar' Reichle-Schmehl, a leading Debian developer and spokesman, wrote, "You probably noticed by now, that Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 aka "Lenny" hasn't been released in September. Well, that's a shame, but very easy to explain: Too many release critical bugs."

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"

In addition, "You can try to help, by trying to reproduce them and reporting that to the bug report. There are even some easy bugs, where the maintainer hasn't found the time to fix it, yet.

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