Debian 6.0 debuts FreeBSD version, splits off suspect packages

The Debian Project announced a stable version 6.0, code-named “Squeeze,” available for the first time in a preview FreeBSD version as well as the usual GNU/Linux implementation. Debian 6.0 also offers a faster, dependency-based boot system, streamlines installation procedures, and splits off non-open source firmware from the kernel for separate download, permitting completely “free” installations.

Debian, which is seeing its first major release since Debian 5.0 (“Lenny”) arrived in two years ago, forms the basis for numerous desktop, embedded, and server-oriented Linux distributions, most notably Ubuntu. However, many technically minded users also prefer to use it in its native form, especially on servers.


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