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Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze" release goals

The Debian Project                                 http://www.debian.org/
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze" release goals             press@debian.org
July 30th, 2009                  http://www.debian.org/News/2009/20090730

Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze" release goals

Following up on its decision to adopt the policy of timed release freezes
beginning with the next release of Debian GNU/Linux, the Debian Release
Team has now published their list of release goals for the upcoming
release of Debian GNU/Linux 6.0, code-named "Squeeze". 

In the light of these goals and also in consideration of the Debian
community's feedback to the release team's initial announcement during
the keynote of this year's DebConf in Caceres, Spain, the Release Team
has additionally decided to revisit its decision on December 2009 as the
proposed freeze date. A new timeline will be announced by the Debian
Release Team in early September.

Luk Claes, Debian Release Manager, underlines the team's commitment to
quality saying "In Debian we always strive to achieve the greatest
quality in our releases. The ambitious goals that we have set for
ourselves will help to secure this quality in the upcoming release."

The Debian Release Team - in cooperation with the Debian Infrastructure
Team - plans to include the following goals in the upcoming release:

 * Multi-arch support, which will for instance improve the installation 
   of 32 bit packages on 64 bit machines
 * kFreeBSD support, introducing the first non-linux architecture into
 * Improved boot performance using dash as the new default shell, and a
   dependency-based boot system that will both clean up the boot process 
   and help performance through parallel processing
 * A further enhanced Quality Assurance process resulting in higher 
   quality packages. This includes:
	- Clean installation, upgrade and removal of all packages
	- Automatic rejection of packages failing basic quality checks 
	- Double compilation support
 * Preparation for new package formats to help streamline future 
   development and to introduce improved compression algorithms
 * Removal of obsolete libraries for improved security
 * Full ipv6 support
 * Large File Support
 * Automatic creation of debug packages for the entire archive, a Google 
   Summer of Code Project pending integration into the infrastructure
 * Move of packages' long descriptions into a separate "translated 
   package list", which will facilitate their translation and also 
   provide a smaller footprint for embedded systems thanks to smaller 
   Packages files.
 * Better integration of debtags, a system to tag packages with multiple
   attributes for easier package selection
 * Discard and rebuild of binary packages uploaded by maintainers, 
   leaving only packages build in a controlled environment 

The Debian Project looks forward to working with its many contributors,
upstream projects and the worldwide community of Free Software developers
in preparing the next high-quality release of the Debian GNU/Linux

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volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free
operating system Debian GNU/Linux.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
<http://www.debian.org/>, send mail to <press@debian.org>, or contact the
Release Team at <debian-release@lists.debian.org>

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