Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 Released
How often can you say “Today they released a new version of Debian GNU/linux” (and tell the truth)? Well, not that often, and certainly not as often as in the Ubuntu world. Today is one of those days, the Debian project released Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, codenamed “Etch” today. It’s a large milestone in the free software world. Many distributions is based on the work of Debian, 6 of the top 10 distributions on Distrowatch is currently Debian based, and if you keep an eye on the top 20-30 most popular distributions every few months, you’ll notice that the amount of Debian based systems are increasing and becoming more and more popular.
I’m going to download it as soon as I find a mirror that has it and that’s not currently too busy. Not sure where I’ll install it yet, Ubuntu’s release cycle makes it much more appealing for me on the desktop, and Ubuntu 6.06’s long term support means that my servers are sorted out too. I do consider Debian’s Social Contract superior to the Ubuntu Manifesto, and I do find it a bit disappointing that the manifesto that was once on the front page of the Ubuntu website, can not even be found on the site anymore (or at least, I couldn’t find it). I guess I’ll have to ask the Community Council whether it still applies. What does look promising on the Ubuntu side is that in the upcoming 7.04 release, Ubuntu warns the user about proprietary drivers installed, and about some risks that may be associated with using these drivers.
I have hundreds of reasons to love Ubuntu and Debian, and little not to. I think it’s impossible for such large project to keep everyone happy, although both of them are doing a great job to keep millions of users satisfied. I’ll be attending the Ubuntu Education Summit and Ubuntu Developers Summit in Sevilla, Spain next month, and I have a big etch… erm, itch, to attend Debconf in June. I’ve signed up for it, and if no financial disaster hits me by the next payday, I’ll have my plane tickets by the end of the month. It’s amazing how much you can learn from the Debianites just by listening to them and absorbing. I think it will be worth every cent!