Happy New Debian GNU/Linux Release

Squeeze is not officially released yet but the bug-count is in the same ball-park as the last release, Lenny, and the bugs I have examined are pretty narrow. With the additional available manpower on the weekend I would not be surprised that Debian Squeeze could be released within a few days. That will start 2011 off right.

I have been running Squeeze for six months and apart from some minor frustrations with X and non-free ethernet driver blobs it has been trouble-free. The resulting release should be very solid. The one feature I don’t like about it is the “space-fun” theme. It looks childish and most of us are not children. Fortunately that theme is easily changed. Otherwise, the size and quality of the repository and the flexibility of APT covers almost every need in IT.

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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3 Responses to Happy New Debian GNU/Linux Release

  1. lefty.crupps says:

    I installed Squeeze KDE desktop 64bit this morning and I was pleased to see how nicely KDE installed; I’ve never chose an ‘Alternative Desktop’ option before, usually opting to add the packages afterwards. KDE looks great and, while I of course had to add a few packages, for the most part the release looks fantastic both in quality and in aesthetics. This was my first encounter with the Space theme as well, not knowing anyting about it other than the Grub screen, my wallpaper, and now this article, but I do kinda like it. It gives the desktop a lightweight feeling or something. Easily changed, of course.

    Debian, it looks like you’re shaping up to be a fine release. Well done Debian Devs.

  2. We had a lot of “black screens”. X would usually run but the screen was black. It was complicated by the fact that the Linux kernel had switched to “kernel mode-setting” and alternative drivers to “intel” such as vesa did not work at first. With the latest kernel everything seems fine.

    see bug reports

    With Debian 5, Lenny, everything was OK but we switched to the beta/testing branch too early in May 2010 before we found these problems. There were too many degrees of freedom to locate bugs quickly. Xorg had made a lot of changes. Grub had made a lot of changes. Linux had made changes. I recompiled two kernels getting slightly different behaviour but the system debugged itself over time. I went with Squeeze/testing for a bunch of good reasons but the black screens gave me grief in the lab where students were using machines with frequent logins/reboots/etc. that were sensitive to the problems. Unfortunately all of our client machines used the Intel chipsets…

    The kinds of problems we had were sometimes just triggered by starting X, switching VTs, and sometimes after 15 minutes of trouble-free performance. The randomness of it made debugging difficult and I did not have the time when class was in session. Out of 20 machines in use for 80 minutes we might have one or two events. It was a constant annoyance but we either had to go back to Lenny and miss out on lots of neat features or grin and bear it. The client machines in other classrooms had few problems because they did not have network lags with a terminal server or were left running a session all day long. By December 2010 we were down to a few events per week instead of per day. It was not the kind of performance I am used to seeing from GNU/Linux but I expect the 6 release will be solid as a result of all the testing that has taken place.

  3. Dan Serban says:

    I’m curious as to the X related issues you encountered.

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