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new draft release announcement

(It's pretty well done now. Spelling and grammar corrections

* Debian is NOT released! This is a DRAFT announcement *
* for an UNRELEASED version of Debian. Go away.        *

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the latest release of Debian
GNU/Linux, version 3.0. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system,
developed by nearly a thousand volunteers from all over the world who
collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to free software, its
non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among
Linux distributions.

This is the first version of Debian to feature cryptographic software
integrated into the main distribution, rather than as an optional add-on.
OpenSSH and GNU Privacy Guard are included in the default install, and
strong encryption is now present in web browsers and web servers,
databases, and so forth. Further integration of crypto is planned for
future releases.

With the addition of the ia64, hppa, mips, mipsel, and s390 architectures,
Debian GNU/Linux now supports a total of eleven architectures. It now runs on
computers ranging from palmtops to supercomputers, and nearly everything
in between, including the latest generation of 64 bit machines.

For the first time, Debian comes with the KDE desktop environment. The
GNOME desktop environment is upgraded to version 1.4, and X itself is
upgraded to the much improved XFree86 4.1. With the addition of several
full featured free graphical web browsers in the form of mozilla, galeon,
and konqueror, Debian's desktop offerings have radically improved.

This version of Debian supports the 2.2 and 2.4 releases of the Linux
kernel. Along with better support for a greater variety of new hardware
(such as USB) and significant improvements in usability and stability, the
2.4 kernel provides support for the ext3 and reiserfs journaling filesystems. 

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 features a more streamlined and polished installation,
which is translated into numerous languages. The debconf tool is used to
streamline configuration of the system. The task system has been revamped
and made more flexible. Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from CD, or from
the network and a few floppies. It can be downloaded now, and will soon be
available on CD-ROM from numerous vendors (http://www.debian.org/CD).

Upgrades to Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 from earlier releases are
automatically handled by the apt package management tool. As always,
Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, with no
downtime. For detailed documentation about installing and upgrading
Debian GNU/Linux, please see the release notes

Current Debian users may be interested to know that this release of Debian
supports build dependencies, to aid in building packages from source, and
apt pinning, to ease partial upgrades to our testing branch. Aptitude is
a replacement for the venerable dselect program and will make it easier to
select packages. Four thousand new software packages are added to the
distribution in Debian GNU/Linux 3.0.

This is the first release of Debian to be compliant with version 2.2 of the
FHS. Debian GNU/Linux now also supports software developed for the Linux
Standard Base (LSB).

Debian 3.0 is the culmination of years of work by many thousands of
developers, not only from the Debian project but throughout the free
software community, and by many commercial enterprises. While some have
fallen along the way, Debian has weathered recent troubles well, thanks to
its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its
commitment to provide the best operating system possible. This is another
important step in that direction.

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