Wheezy, the imminent release of Debian GNU/Linux, is in great shape. I apt-get dist-upgraded the last PC in my home still running Squeeze this morning and it was uneventful. All my customizations survived except a few desktop icons. One package hung up and I had to remove it in order to finish. Afterwards I added it back in. The Little Woman did not notice anything different except the lost icons. I did the dist-upgrade remotely, too. Great fun.

Not bad for a new release. At the rate things are going in the bug-count, Debian should release Wheezy in March. Now the efficiency of my local repository should become real in that I have multiple clients all running the same release. I have two more Ubuntu GNU/Linux systems I would like to convert as well because I just find Ubuntu annoying. I have converted one system to XFCE4 so it’s less annoying but I might as well switch them to Debian as well.

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 Wheezy

  1. Joshua Blair says:

    Grabbed the Wheezy beta4 install image this morning and dropped Debian on an old IBM ThinkCentre I had lying around (P4/3GHz, 512MB RAM). Took GNOME 3 off and put MATE w/ Slim and this thing barely makes a sound. Tonight’s project is to get CentOS off the laptop and Debian Wheezy on.

  2. Oh, I thought you were concerned about dist-upgrading to install Wheezy.

    I don’t have an explicit answer but the installation is Wheezy and an apt-get update;apt-get upgrade should put it right. The sources.list is pretty standard:

    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux wheezy-DI-b4 _Wheezy_ – Official Snapshot i386 NETINST Binary-1 20121118-12:43]/ wheezy main

    #deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux wheezy-DI-b4 _Wheezy_ – Official Snapshot i386 NETINST Binary-1 20121118-12:43]/ wheezy main

    deb http://debian.yorku.ca/debian/ wheezy main
    deb-src http://debian.yorku.ca/debian/ wheezy main

    deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
    deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main

    cat /etc/debian_version gives “7.0”

    So, I can’t see anything that would require a re-installation unless there was a major bug in file-systems or something. I installed using btrfs just for fun with no problems at all. If I wanted to change to jfs there would not be much difficulty. I would just need to tar it over to the new partition, create a new partition and copy it back after creating a new file-system. There is rarely a need for re-installation except for hardware failure in GNU/Linux. That’s another good and sufficient reason to choose GNU/Linux and Debian works for me.

  3. Joshua Blair says:

    Robert – current user of CentOS and fellow OS evangelist (to borrow the Apple title). I have been wanting to try Debian but one thing I haven’t found a clear answer for yet is if I install Wheezy using the beta4 installer will I have to reinstall. Since you’re the most Debianed blog I read, I thought you may have the answer already. Would it be a simple dist-upgrade from the beta to release?

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