Squeeze is firming up quite nicely. I noticed today that LibreOffice3.3 is now in Debian Squeeze. I used the download from www.LibreOffice.org and encountered some instability. I trust that will be fixed in the release.
The bug count is 82 now. Not bad for 25000 packages on 12 architectures. The release is imminent except that there is a steady flow of bug reports and fixes still. I don’t see any show-stoppers at the moment. I have only one package not working and I can live with it.
I downloaded and installed VirtualBox and Netinst-rc-1 and everything worked. The installer assumes more, though. I asked for “install” and the thing installed Virtual-box-ose-guest stuff and X etc. without being further prompted. That gives me less control or wastes time. I usually like to do a minimal installation and add what I want… I still had the option to unselect “graphical desktop”. I kept “standard system utilities” I ended up with 320 packages installed in 720 MB of storage. I apt-get install xfce4 openoffice.org chromium-browser and added another 292 packages and 322 MB more downloading and a further 806MB storage used.
Based on this minimal test, I would say that the Debian Installer is quite usable. Let us see what others find on their hardware. It works for me.
UPDATE Today’s Debian News estimates, ” roughly speaking, about 20 release-critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.”
It should be an interesting weekend.