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The Debian GNU/Linux Project this morning announced that it had released version 6.0, known as Squeeze.


Debian spokesman Alexander Reichle-Schmehl said the release came a week short of two years of development. The last stable release, Lenny, was made on February 14, 2009.

"Debian 6.0 is... coming for the first time in two flavours," Reichle-Schmehl said. "Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a 'technology preview'."

He said that release notes were available online; the project has also made available an installation manual.

Nine architectures are supported in the latest release - 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC/Intel EM64T/x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun Oracle SPARC (sparc), MIPS (mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian), Intel Itanium (ia64), IBM S/390 (s390), and ARM EABI (armel).

The two new ports to the kernel of the FreeBSD project using the known Debian/GNU userland are Debian GNU/kFreeBSD for the 32-bit PC ("kfreebsd-i386") and the 64-bit PC ("kfreebsd-amd64").

"These ports are the first ones ever to be included in a Debian release which are not based on the Linux kernel," Reichle-Schmehl said. "The support of common server software is strong and combines the existing features of Linux-based Debian versions with the unique features known from the BSD world. However, for this release these new ports are limited; for example, some advanced desktop features are not yet supported."

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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