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Debian's "Sarge" reports for active duty
Jun. 07, 2005

For the first time in three years, the Debian Project has released a new "stable" distribution -- Debian GNU/Linux version 3.1. Code-named Sarge, Debian GNU/Linux version 3.1 is a major update to Debian GNU/Linux version 3.0, and replaces the previous "stable," the distribution code-named Woody.

Frozen in early May, Sarge was released about a week later than Release Manager Steve Langasek had hoped, due to a number of unexpectedly pernicious critical bugs. The last of the bugs was worked out this past weekend, and though many in the community speculated the release would be delayed until later this week, Sarge is now available for download. CDs and DVDs are expected to become available in the near future.

Debian GNU/Linux version 3.1 runs on "palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between," with a total of eleven supported architectures. The following -- and many, many others -- are now officially available for Debian "stable":
  • the K Desktop Environment 3.3 (KDE)
  • the GNOME desktop environment 2.8
  • the GNUstep desktop
  • XFree86 4.3.0
  • GIMP 2.2.6
  • Mozilla 1.7.8
  • Galeon 1.3.20
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2
  • Firefox 1.0.4
  • PostgreSQL 7.4.7
  • MySQL 4.0.24 and 4.1.11a
  • GNU Compiler Collection 3.3.5 (GCC)
  • Linux kernel versions 2.4.27 and 2.6.8
  • Apache 1.3.33 and 2.0.54
  • Samba 3.0.14
  • Python 2.3.5 and 2.4.1
  • Perl 5.8.4
  • 1.1.3
  • OpenSSH and GNU Privacy Guard (in default installation)
Development on the new "testing" distribution -- code-named Etch -- is, of course, already underway. Though no release dates have been announced (and it's doubtful that any have even been projected), the Debian Project aims to release a new "stable" in less time than it spent developing Sarge.

To learn more about Debian Gnu/Linux version 3.1, visit the project's website.

Additional perspective on Debian's latest release is available in this informative article by eWEEK editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

New Version of Debian Linux Reports for Duty

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