Debian GNU/Linux 0.93 Release 6 now available
Debian GNU/Linux 0.93 Release 6 is now available via anonymous FTP
from ftp.debian.org in the directory /debian. Release 6 is the first
official release of version 0.93, which has been under development
for over a year, and it is the first official release from the Debian
Project since January 1994. Release 5 of version 0.93, an unofficial
BETA release, has been available to the public since March 1995, and
has received rave reviews from its users.
Debian GNU/Linux includes hundreds of software packages, including
most GNU software, TeX, and the X Window System. Each package is an
independent and modular unit, in that it is not associated with
any particular release of the complete system or distribution scheme.
Anyone can create their own packages and even upload them to be made
available with the distribution or as a part of the distribution.
Of course, Debian GNU/Linux is best known for its upgradability.
It is upgradable incrementally and "in place". This means that users
can upgrade individual packages or entire systems when they become
available without having to reformat and reinstall. A user can choose
to upgrade certain new or updated components as they are released, or
she can choose to install an entire new release at once. The package
maintenance system, called dpkg, makes sure that package conflicts and
dependencies are resolved, and it intelligently updates configuration
files to preserve any changes the user made before the upgrade process.
Debian GNU/Linux 0.93 will be the last release that uses the a.out
binary format. Version 1.0 and beyond will use the ELF binary format.
As always, Debian GNU/Linux 0.93 will be upgradable to 1.0, without
the need to reformat or reinstall.
For more information about Debian GNU/Linux, please visit the World
Wide Web page `http://www.debian.org/'.