5 Key Things to Know About Debian 6.0 'Squeeze'
Feb 09, 2011, 15:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)
"Squeeze is the nickname of the latest Debian release (version
6.0). A new release of the well known and widely used Linux distro
is a big deal. Ubuntu fans may be used to installing a new version
what seems like every few minutes, but Debian moves to an
altogether slower beat. Everything in a new release is thoroughly
tried and tested, which explains why the last version -- Debian 5.0
"Lenny" -- debuted almost exactly two years ago.
"Squeeze was officially released on February 6th, and here the 5
most important things to know about it:
"1. Squeeze Isn't Exclusively Linux
"One thing that's unusual about Squeeze is that it comes in two
flavors: Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. The latter is a
"technology preview" server OS release for the 32- and 64-bit PC
platforms, and it grafts the Debian userland onto the FreeBSD
kernel instead of the Linux one. "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," is how Debian puts it. One advantage of Debian
GNU/kFreeBSD, which may be more valuable when the variant becomes
more mainstream, is support for the Zettabyte filesystem (ZFS).
"2. Squeeze Linux Is Completely Free (as in Speech, Not Beer)
and Stallman Friendly"