Debian GNU/Linux Testing

The next release of Debian GNU/Linux is shaping up beautifully. There are only a few hundred bugs to go and many are pretty easy to fix. Everything’s easy when you do it right. At the rate they are going, Wheezy could be released before “8”. I think Wheezy could be released by September, 2012 and “8” may take until November, 2012.

I have been using some packages from Wheezy for months and I have converted two systems to Wheezy with great success so far. It looks like another great release from Debian.

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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 Debian GNU/Linux Testing

  1. aikiwolfie wrote, “Why does it matter if Wheezy is out be Windows 8?”

    I believe that FLOSS is a better system for developing software than what M$ uses. One evidence of this is the time to release. Debian manages to release a good product about every two years with 1000+ Debian developers and the global FLOSS community providing upstream material. Debian is also clearly superior to that other OS in the number of packages one gets included and the ease and flexibility of licensing ( you get the software and you are automatically licensed to use it with no extra transaction like purchasing or a contract). On top of that M$ struggles to do the job on one hardware platform and Debian does it on 12 (last time I checked…). M$ takes 50% longer to get less done with ten times as many developers.

    Debian could care less about the damage M$ does to IT but Debian fixes most of that for people who chose Debian GNU/Linux. It’s just a better way to do IT. M$ goes out of its way to restrict what you can do with your hardware while Debian goes all out to eliminate all obstacles. I am old and full of accumulated regret. One big regret is that I had not discovered Debian GNU/Linux about five years earlier.

  2. aikiwolfie says:

    Why does it matter if Wheezy is out be Windows 8? I’m all for another excellent Debian release. But I wasn’t aware Debian was racing to beat Microsoft.

    Stop baiting the trolls. You’re better than that.

  3. Conzo says:

    Holy Schmoly Batman! Latest Debian out before ‘8’ … there goes MS’s whoops, sorry, M$’$ marketshare down the drain!

  4. Well, that’s easy to write. Where’s the proof? Debian’s bug lists are public. Go poke around. Some of the bugs are trivial matters of documentation and procedure not the code of the package. For example,652345

    Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:07:18 +0100

    “| File “/usr/bin/scolasync”, line 3, in
    | from scolasync import scolasync
    | ImportError: No module named scolasync”

    Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:04:39 +0000

    Fixed, easily, someone left something out… and that was fixed in the main repository in less than 8 hours. Rolling out to the mirrors could happen in a day or so. Debian developers can fix many such bugs in a day. A thousand developers could have everything cleaned up for release in a few months.

  5. Dr Loser says:

    “There are only a few hundred bugs to go and many are pretty easy to fix.”

    Well, you would know, Robert. Fixing bugs in complicated software is your special area of expertise, isn’t it?

    And “easy” does not equate to “timely.”

    I’m given to understand that there have been (security hole) bugs in the Debian source tree that have been ignored for as long as four years.

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