Squeeze is Imminent

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.

UPDATE Release Candidate 1 of the Debian Installer was released on January 13, 2011. Give it a trial.

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. 😉

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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5 Responses to Squeeze is Imminent

  1. The openSSH fiasco did shake my confidence as did the problems with X on Squeeze this summer.

    The FLOSS world is built on trust and openness. No one, not even RedHat can guarantee there are no bugs/vulnerabilities and they start with the same source code as everyone else for many packages. I would expect RedHat has much better/more formal quality control over things than Debian GNU/Linux as a whole but I do like to look under the hood. You can do that with RedHat too but I use desktop stuff more than server and RedHat for many years neglected the desktop. It was only when the desktop proved its inevitability that RedHat resumed its efforts with desktop especially thin clients and terminal servers and virtualization. My first roll-out of desktop software was with Fedora, the testing branch of RedHat when they were deeply involved with K12LTSP.

    I can see the bug-count on Debian Squeeze is around 40. That and the current performance, everything works for me now, gives me confidence to stick with Debian GNU/Linux. I get $billions of dollars of software for free so I can “afford” a few glitches especially when I can instantly switch back to a previous working and very well tested release. If I had a huge empire to support, I too might prefer RedHat, but that is not the case. I like the APT packaging system better than rpm although rpm has likely evolved since I last used it. I remember “rpm Hell”.

  2. oldman says:


    Frankly, I wouldn’t touch a hacker distro like Debian with a 50 foot pole, especially after the ssh security debacle of about a year ago. To the extent that I use Linux I need something solid and stable and trustworthy. This is why I use RedHat/CentOS and why I recommend it without hesitation to others who want or need Linux.

  3. Ray says:

    You can always do arch 🙂

  4. Here’s one:
    see foo2zjs

    The package needs dc to operate. How many seconds does it take to add a Depends: dc in there?

    It took about 3h for the Debian GNU/Linux system to fix that. grub2 is potentially more dangerous but that was fixed a week ago.

    It seems that the bugs are being fixed very promptly and that there are few actually left. We should have a release within a few days. Out of 25000 packages and millions of people using Squeeze for months, Squeeze is in great shape. You can see packages from the developers’ POV here.

    You can see all the release-critical bugs here and there are few that are real show-stoppers in my operations. Debian GNU/Linux does try to make everything perfect and that does take a little longer but we are very close. The only bug that affects my operation had a work-around developed in a few hours and it was such a minor bug that it would not stop anyone. I would not be surprised if changes were pushed to mirrors and a release made this weekend. In comparison, M$ has made releases with 50K bugs and charged money for it. Debian GNU/Linux is absolutely golden.

  5. M. says:

    In effect, those 82 bugs you refer to _are_ show-stoppers. They’re not minor bugs (of which there must be more than 82) — they’re release critical.

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