"Debian GNU/Linux, the open-source operating system that's
proven more influential than any Linux flavor this side of Red Hat,
recently hit the Internet's FTP mirrors in the form of an updated
"Version 5, which is also known by the Toy Story-inspired name
"Lenny," sports the same excellent software management tools and
broad processor architecture support that marked previous Debian
releases. In addition, the new release includes a host of updates
to the open-source components that comprise it.
"Unlike the Debian 4 release that I last reviewed, which
impressed me with its disk encryption leadership among rival Linux
distributions, Lenny doesn't significantly advance the state of
Debian or of Linux in general. Beyond its slate of software package
refreshes, the best reason for existing Debian users to upgrade to
the new version is that, as per the project's security policy,
version 4 will fall out of security fix coverage one year after
Lenny's Valentine's Day release date."