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Preview: Debian 6 “Squeeze” GNOME

[ Thanks to Prashanth for this link.
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“Trying to forecast when the next version of Debian
will be released is like trying to figure out whether or not it
will snow the next day in Washington DC in winter; it’s an exercise
in futility. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that
Debian 6 “Squeeze” will be released soon. Why? I’m testing the new
Debian live images which were first released a week ago (and are
daily builds — this one is the 2010 October 3 build); before
that, the most recent live image available was of version 6
“Sqeeze” alpha 2. Now that they’re doing daily builds, I figure
that it’s not too long until we see the official release.

“So why I am I calling the review of the GNOME edition “Part 1”?
Debian is one of two distributions (the other being RHEL/CentOS
(and I suppose PCLinuxOS could be included to some extent, so I
guess that makes 3)) renowned for its stability; the reason why
there’s a relatively long gap between releases and why new versions
are released only when they’re ready is so that as many bugs as
possible can be ironed out. (A side effect of this is that large
amounts of time are allotted specifically for the purpose of
getting rid of bugs, in what is known in the Linux distribution
development community as a “feature freeze”; a side effect of such
a long feature freeze is that by the time a new version of Debian
is released, its components are already 3 or 4 versions old,”


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