Monday, 13 February 2012 09:45

Debian ends support for Lenny

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The Debian GNU/Linux project has ended support for version 5.0 of its distribution, otherwise known as Lenny, which was released on February 14, 2009.


Version 6.0 or Squeeze was released on February 6, 2011.

The ending of support for Lenny is standard Debian policy - support for a release ends one year after the next release. A year is considered sufficient time for users to upgrade to the new release.

For the most part, upgrading Debian is a painless task with it having, arguably, the best software management tools of any GNU/Linux distribution.

Debian has by far the most ports of any distribution. Squeeze supports nine architectures - 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).

Additionally, there are two ports to the BSD kernel - Debian GNU/kFreeBSD for the 32-bit PC ("kfreebsd-i386") and the 64-bit PC ("kfreebsd-amd64").

Debian is made up entirely of volunteers and was set up in 1993.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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