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Article introducing Slink

        I'm currently writting an article for an online magazine based
on free software proyects called OpenResources (www.openresources.com)
who where interested in having a preview of what Slink will offer.
        However, I'm at a loss to grasp all the differences between
Hamm and Slink, and would not like to give false impressions or leave
out information.

        This is the reason for the crosspost to debian-press. As of
currently Debian has not made any announcements of what Debian 2.1 ('slink') will
bring other than more software... ;) I'm aware that we had some project
goals for slink (which are not publicly known), and maybe we should made
a public statement of

        1.- Why Debian slink is going to release later than expected
        2.- What Debian slink will bring (i.e. what proyect goals have
        been fulfilled)

	AFAIK Nils or Joey were going to write such a thing, but had not had
time yet, so...

        I'm sending attached my article on Debian slink as it is, since the
online magazine has a "free source" license for all articles feel free
to make use of anything that feels useful.

        I would also appreciate any comments and suggestions (flames to
/dev/null please)

  Debian 2.1 'slink'
  Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
  28 enero 1999

  Debian 2.1 (codename _s_l_i_n_k) will be release beginning 1999, becoming
  one of the  distributions with more programs in the world of

  Table of Contents:

  1.      Introduction to Slink

  2.      The size of Debian

  3.      Goals of Debian 2.1

  4.      Things to point out in Debian 2.1

  5.      How to get Debian

  11..  IInnttrroodduuccttiioonn ttoo SSlliinnkk

  Debian, the proyect founded by the Free Software Foundation
  <http://www.fsf.org>, and which currently has its own entity, is a
  distribution (which has already been introduced in OperResources) that
  currently stands amongst the three more important GNU/Linux

  Although the previous stable release of Debian saw the light in June
  last year, the developers that maintain the distribution set
  themselves as a goal the release of the next version of Debian by the
  end of the year. However, this has not happened due to some problems
  with bug fixes of packages that make up the distribution, and to the
  fact that, in the same months, Debian maintainers have voted their
  first Consitution <http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution>, and
  elect a new Project Leader <http://vote.debian.org>, that will
  continue forward after Ian Murdock leaves that position.

  The _f_r_e_e_z_e stage the distribution suffers, before releasing a new
  stable version, has continued up until February 1999. Currently
  (January 1999) some problems with the installation disks are being
  worked upon, as well as some bugs with some of the packages.

  22..  TThhee ssiizzee ooff DDeebbiiaann

  Debian is a _h_u_g_e proyect, few (amongst them the developing of the
  Linux kernel) can say that they count with equal or more volunteer
  developers (over 400), and, of course, the number of programs the
  distribution offers is enourmous.

  That is one of the fundamental advantages that Debian 2.1 will offer
  with respect to its previous release, 2.0, the number of supported
  packages has grown to over 1500. Of course, the bugs found in the
  packages that made part of the distributin have been solved, also
  including changes in the upstreams sources of programs.

  The priority of Debian is not, as it would seem, to make programs, but
  rather to offer programs available in the GNU/Linux world making their
  installation and configuring as easiest as possible to the Debian
  user. The work of a Debian maintainer is to make these packages and
  support them, fixing bugs that might be found, either notifying the
  upstream maintainer or fixing them himself.
  Thus slink includes a great number of programs in many areas: word
  processing applications, graphic packages, system administration,
  device handling, games...

  To give an example of Debian's growth one might take the review made
  by Lars Wirzenius. Taking all packages of the _m_a_i_n section in Debian,
  counting the size and number of lines in files with 'c' or 'h'
  extension (that belong to source code and headers of C programs), you
  might get the following results:

                       lynes   bytes      packages
               hamm    37.41M   865.713M   1116
               slink   70.6M    1144.6M    1602

  Other similar reviews can be found at:
  <> or

  It is not strange, then, that the main body of Debian 'hamm' (2.0)
  could be included in one CD-ROM, and that Debian 'slink' (2.1) uses up
  _t_w_o CD-ROMs.

  Obiously, not all packages are of equal importance, nor they are used
  by all users; there are some tools in Debian that will only be used by
  a low number of users, but their availability is what matters. To
  study the frequency of installation of Debian packages, a Debian
  maintainer put together a popularity contest
  <http://www.worldvisions.ca/~apenwarr/popcon/>, which users can
  contribute to by installing a package that will send information on
  their system installation forward to him.

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  Yoy can read Debian 2.1 goals in
  <http://www.infodrom.north.de/~joey/Linux/Debian/master/goals/2.1/> or

  44..  TThhiinnggss ttoo ppooiinntt oouutt iinn DDeebbiiaann 22..11

  Some things can be pointed out to be or not in Debian 2.1. One has to
  take into account that the development of a distribution that includes
  so many programas, and the time taken to assuer that all programs
  interoperate correctly, makes it impossible for the stable release to
  include all the lastest programs in the GNU/Linux world.

  However, the work in a stable release does not stop the work in an
  unstable release based on the previous and where many new packages can
  be found. This unstable release can be used by all those that want to
  be using the latest versions of programs, the future Debian 2.2 is,
  currently, codenamed _p_o_t_a_t_o.

  Debian 2.1 _d_o_e_s _n_o_t include Linux kernel 2.2. This does not have to be
  understood as a negative side, since this kernel was released after
  the stable release was frozen, and modifying the kernel over which the
  distribution is based is risky business since it is not yet tested
  with all the applications that make up the distribution, and its hasty
  inclusion would bring new bugs.  However, since the release of this
  kernel some Debian developers have been working hard to try all
  possible incompatibilities and problems with other software, but the
  release of Debian 2.1 will probably not be hindered. Linux kernel 2.2
  will, of course, be included in Debian 2.2

  The package selection interface will be, for the moment, the same that
  in the previous release of Debian, but apt has been added, a program
  that handles dependencies resolution and package retrieval in an easy
  and fast way. Work is being done in a new user interface, both in text
  and graphic version, with apt, and will become, in the future, the
  substitute for dselect; it works now, but is not tested to assure it
  works 100%.

  As window managers Debian 2.1 will include, amongst others, Afterstep
  and GNOME <http://www.gnome.org>. KDE <http://www.kde.org>, alas, will
  not be included since during the development of Debian 2.1 it had not
  yet resolved the problems encountered with the QT library's license,
  used by this window manager.

  55..  HHooww ttoo ggeett DDeebbiiaann

  Debian can be gotten out of the net, through the main server of the
  proyect <ftp://ftp.debian.org> or from any of its mirrors

  There are also commercial vendors
  <http://www.debian.org/distrib/vendors> from which you can buy a
  Debian CD set.

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