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Re: Third draft (was Re: we need a release announcement -- soon)

Chris Lawrence wrote:
> > The Debian Project is pleased to announce the latest release of the
> > Debian GNU/Linux Operating System. This release has been in
> > development for approximately 18 months, and has been extensively
> > tested by several thousand developers and end-users.
> [...]
> Looks great!  Nice happy medium between my excessive verbosity and
> hacker-standard brevity ;-)

Ah, with just 1 comment before, I wasn't sure if everyone hated it, or
if it was just perfect. ;-)

I'm still trying to come up with an alternative for the cliched first
paragraph. I've chacked all the package version in it now, and corrected

Other details that I think need checking:

* 500 developers?
* Does Debian ppc support the iMac, and if not, what is a common peice of
  hardware it _does_ support? What about the G4? (I'm trying to list
  some sample hardware by name, not by chip type.)

Latest draft attached.

see shy jo
Debian GNU/Linux
Announcing Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, the "Joel 'Espy' Klecker" release
August 15th, 2000

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the latest release of the
Debian GNU/Linux Operating System. This release has been in
development for approximately 18 months, and has been extensively
tested by several thousand developers and end-users.

Debian is a free Linux system. The developers are 500 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.

With the addition of the PowerPC and ARM architectures, Debian now
supports a total of six architectures -- more than any other
distribution. Debian now runs on iMacs and Netwinders, and of course
Intel PC's, Sun SPARCs, Alphas, and older Macintosh and Amiga hardware
are still supported.

Debian 2.2 features a more streamlined and polished installation,
including automatic network setup via DHCP, a simplified software
selection process (just indicate the tasks your Debian system will
be used for), and a simplified configurator for the X Window System.
Debian can be installed via CD, or from the network and a few

  FTP:		ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/
  Mirrors:	http://www.debian.org/distrib/ftplist 
  CD-ROM:	http://www.debian.org/distrib/vendors
  CD Images:	http://cdimage.debian.org/

Upgrades to Debian 2.2 from earlier releases are automatically
handled by the apt package management tool. As always, Debian
systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, with no downtime.
For detailed documentation about installing and upgrading Debian,
please see <http://www.debian.org/releases/2.2/>.

Debian 2.2 is based on the latest stable Linux kernel (2.2.16),
updated with Alan Cox's patches expected to go into 2.2.17. The 2.2
kernel series includes significant improvements in usability and 
stability; it also includes more hardware support, for both older
and newer products; laptop users will particularly notice
improvements in the PCMCIA subsystem. Some other highlights from the
nearly 800 updated packages include:

   o C Library	2.1.3
   o XFree86	3.3.6
   o GCC	2.95.2
   o GnuPG	1.0.1
   o Perl	5.005.03
   o Python	1.5.2
   o PAM	0.72
   o ncurses	5.0
   o teTeX	1.0.6
   o Emacs	20.7
   o XEmacs	21.1.10
   o GNOME	1.0.56 [1]

1200 new software packages have been added to Debian 2.2. Some of the
newly available software includes:

   o postfix	A new secure mail transport agent
   o openssh	A free implementation of the secure shell
   o openldap	LDAP client and server packages
   o w3m	A new text-mode browser, with support for tables
   o gdm	The GNOME display manager
   o cvsup	An efficient mirroring system for CVS
   o everybuddy	An all-in-one messaging client
   o reportbug	A tool to report problems in Debian
   o zope	A web application server for dynamic web sites
   o xmms	The X Multimedia System; an audio player
   o kaffe	A free, JIT-capable, virtual machine for Java bytecode
   o gnapster	An interface to the popular MP3 sharing service
   o And last, but not least, 56 new games.

Debian 2.2 incorporates not only a great deal of updated and new
software, but many enhancements, such as:

   o Widespread use of the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM).
     With PAM, Debian systems can be configured with standard Unix
     passwords or more secure options such as shadow and MD5 
     passwords, "smart cards", and one-time-password
   o A new network configuration system, configured through the
     /etc/network directory, which improves support for multihomed
   o Closer compliance to the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Standard 
     (FHS), including a better separation between system-specific,
     architecture-specific, and architecture-independent data for
     use in heterogeneous environments.
   o Better support for international users. Japanese support is
     integrated into the core Debian archive, and other non-Latin
     character encodings are also better supported through wider 
     internationalisation (I18N) support. European languages are
     also better supported, with more and better translations to 
     more languages.

The Debian project has always hoped to serve as a base for more
specialised distributions, and in the past year this goal has been
realized, with the adoption of the Debian system as a basis for
commercial Linux distributions. Corel Corporation, Libra Computer
Systems, and Stormix Technologies are among the companies that
currently distribute distributions based on Debian; others are on
the horizon. In addition, Debian CDs have been bundled with several
Debian books. What remains the same, however, is the project's
volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract[2],
and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.
Debian 2.2 is another important step in that direction.

Debian 2.2 is dedicated[3] to the memory of Joel "Espy" Klecker, a
Debian developer who unbeknownst to most of the Debian project,
was bedridden and fighting a disease known as Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy during most of his involvement with Debian. Only now is
the Debian project realizing the extent of his dedication, and the
friendship he bestowed upon us. So as a show of appreciation, and in
memory of his inspirational life, this release of Debian is
dedicated to him.


   1. GNOME 1.2 packages for Debian 2.2 are available from Helix Code
   2. http://www.debian.org/social_contract
   3. ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/dedication-2.2.txt

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