Debian Squeeze Approaches

“Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”: Call for Upgrade and Installation tests

The Debian project is proud to announce, that its upcoming release Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” has entered the final phase of its development cycle and is nearly in its final form. We now seek the help of our users to find the remaining bugs related to upgrades from the previous stable release as well as bugs related to the installation of fresh systems.

If you plan to install a fresh Debian system in the near future, please consider installing Debian “Squeeze” with the debian-installer available at http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ [1]. There is also a list of known errata [2] available, as well as a detailed installation manual [3]. As usual problems should be reported as an installation report [4].

1: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
2: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata
3: http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/installmanual
4: http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch05s04.html#submit-bug

Upgrade tests from Debian 5.0 “Lenny” to the current Debian testing branch are also welcome. Please see the current release notes [5] about known problems and their workarounds. Please take special care about chapter “Recording the session” [6], which explains how you can log the output of the various commands during the upgrade process, in case you encounter a problem and would like to report it. If you encounter any problems, please report it as a bug against the upgrade-reports package.

5: http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/releasenotes
6: http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/amd64/release-notes/ch-upgrading.en.html#record-session

It’s not a particularly smooth upgrade as the firmware blobs for some drivers are not included by default because they are not Free Software and there are big changes in udev that prevents use of the new kernel with the old udev. Still it takes much less time and fewer reboots than the restoration I used to install “7” yesterday and the performance is magnificent.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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