The Debian project confirms December 2006 as the date for the
next release of its distribution which will be named Debian
GNU/Linux 4.0 alias 'etch'. This will be the first official release
to include the AMD64 architecture. The distribution will be
released synchronously for 11 architectures in total.
At this stage, the upcoming release will ship with Linux 2.6.17
as its default kernel. This kernel will be used across all
architectures and on the installer. A later version may be selected
during a review in October.
New features of this release include the GNU Compiler Collection
4.1 as default compiler. X.Org will replace XFree86 as
implementation of the X Window System X11. Secure APT will add
extra security by easily supporting strong cryptography and digital
signatures to validate downloaded packages.
A number of real-life bug squashing parties will happen before
the new distribution is released in order to squash as many of the
open release-critical bugs as possible. They will be held in
different cities so that many people can participate in
Interested people who cannot join the developers in the
respective cities are invited to join the #debian-bugs channel on
irc.debian.org/ and participate
Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more
than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate
via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its
non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique
among GNU/Linux distributions.
The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its
dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to
provide the best operating system possible.
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