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Re: Draft for lenny release announcement

[ dropping some lists from CC since the involved people are either
  subscribed somewhere else or BCCed ]

Alexander Reichle-Schmehl schrieb:

> The most current version may be found in a private subversion repository
> (to avoid conflicts when using the wiki).  You can get the most recent
> version from
> http://svn.schmehl.info/svn/debian-publicity/20090214-lenny-release/lenny-announcement.en.wml
> ; translators might later be interested in
> http://svn.schmehl.info/websvn/listing.php?repname=debian-publicity&path=%2F20090214-lenny-release%2F&rev=0&sc=0
> to track changes in the document.

Okay, I think I merged all the content related suggested by now as well
as most spelling / grammatical improvements.  The current version is
available on the named location.

I think content wise we are done; it's quite long for an announcement,
but I think it's still okay.  So please give it an other content check,
which I will add tomorrow.

Some interesting stuff for translators will follow in a separate mail.

Best regards,

<define-tag pagetitle>Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 released</define-tag>
<define-tag release_date>2009-02-14</define-tag>
#use wml::debian::news

<p>The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of
Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0,codenamed <q>lenny</q> after 22 months of
constant development.  Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which
supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE,
GNOME, Xfce and LXDE desktop environments.  It also features
compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for
version 3.2 of the LSB.</p>

<!-- Fixme:  Something really cool should be added here -->

<p>Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld
systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between.  A total
of twelve architectures are supported including:  Sun SPARC (sparc), HP
Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386) and
IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm, armel), IBM
S/390 (s390) and AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64).</p>

<p>Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) will include the new ARM EABI port, <q>Armel</q>. 
This new port provides a more efficient use of both modern and future ARM 
processors. As a result the old ARM port (arm) has now been deprecated.</p>

<p>This includes support for Marvell's Orion platform or devices based on
the Orion platform, like QNAP Turbo Station, HP mv2120, and Buffalo
Kurobox Pro as well as Netbooks, such as the EEE PC by Asus. Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 <q>Lenny</q> also contains the build tools for Emdebian which
allow Debian source packages to be cross-built and shrunk to suit embedded ARM systems.</p>

<p>With the integration of X.org 7.3 the X server autoconfigures itself
with most hardware. Newly introduced packages allow the full support of
NTFS filesystems or the usage of most multimedia keys out of the box.
Support for Adobe&#174; Flash&#174; format files are available via the swfdec 
or Gnash plugin.
Overall improvements for notebooks have been introduced, like out of the
box support of CPU frequency scaling.</p>

<p>The inclusion of OpenJDK, a free version of Sun's Java technology,
into Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 made it possible to ship Java based
applications in Debian's "main" repository.</p>

<p>Further improvement regarding the security of the system include the
installation of available security updates before the first reboot by the
installation system, the reduction of setuid root binaries and open ports
in the standard installation as well as building several
security-critical packages with GCC Hardening features. Various
applications have specific improvements, too. PHP for example is now
built with the Suhosin hardening patch.</p>

<p>For non native English speaking user the package management now supports
translated package descriptions which will automatically show the description
of a package in the native language of the user if available. An other
interesting feature introduced in the package management system is the use of
differential updates for package index files.</p>

<p>Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from various installation media such
as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network.  GNOME is the
default desktop environment and is contained on the first CD.  The K
Desktop Environment (KDE), the Xfce or the LXDE desktop can be installed
through two new alternative CD images.  Again available with Debian
GNU/Linux 5.0 are multi-arch CDs and DVDs supporting installation of
multiple architectures from a single disc as well as Blu-ray Discs
allowing the archive for an entire architecture to be shipped on a single
installation medium.</p>

<p>In addition to the regular installation media, Debian GNU/Linux can
now also be directly used without prior installation. These special
images are also known as live images and are available for CDs, USB
sticks and different forms of network setups. Initially, these are
provided for the amd64 and i386 architectures only.</p>

<p>The installation process for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 has been improved in
many ways: support for installation from more than 1 CD or DVD has been
restored, firmware required by some devices can be loaded by using
removable media, security updates are installed before the initial
reboot when available, and many other improvements. The installer boot
process has also received many attention: a graphical menu can be used
to choose desktop environments, frontends and select expert or rescue
The installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now
been translated to 63 languages.</p>

<p>Debian GNU/Linux can be downloaded right now via bittorrent (the
recommended way), jigdo or HTTP;  see <a href="$(HOME)/CD/">Debian
GNU/Linux on CDs</a> for further information.  It will soon be available
on DVD, CD-ROM and Blu-ray Disc from numerous <a href="$(HOME)/CD/vendors">vendors</a>,

<p>This release includes a number of updated software packages, such as
the K Desktop Environment 3.5.10 (KDE), an updated version of the GNOME
desktop environment 2.22.2, the Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment, LXDE, the GNUstep desktop 7.3, X.Org 7.3, OpenOffice.org 2.4.1, GIMP
2.4.7, Iceweasel (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6), Icedove
(an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird, 
PostgreSQL 8.3.5, MySQL
5.1.30 and 5.0.51a, GNU Compiler Collection 4.3.2, Linux kernel version
2.6.26, Apache 2.2.9, Samba 3.2.5, Python 2.5.2 and 2.4.6, Perl 5.10.0,
PHP 5.2.6, Asterisk, Emacs 22, Inkscape 0.46, Nagios 3.06, Xen
Hypervisor 3.2.1, OpenJDK 6b11 and more than 23,000 other packages ready to use
software packages (build from over 12,000 source packages).</p>
<!-- FIXME:  PostgreSQL might become 8.3.6 -->

<p>Upgrades to Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 from the previous release, Debian
GNU/Linux 4.0 codenamed <q>etch</q>, are automatically handled by the
aptitude package management tool for most configurations, and to a
certain degree also by the apt-get package management tool.  As always,
Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, without
any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the <a
href="$(HOME)/releases/lenny/releasenotes">release notes</a> for
possible issues, and for detailed instructions on installing 
and upgrading.  The release notes will be further improved and
translated to additional languages in the weeks after the release.</p>


<p>Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 <q>Lenny</q> to Thiemo Seufer, a Debian Developer who
died on December 26th, 2008 in a tragic car accident.
Thiemo was involved in Debian in many ways.  He has maintained several
packages and was the main supporter of the Debian port to the MIPS
architectures.  He was also a member of our kernel team, as well as a
member of the Debian Installer team.  His contributions reached far
beyond the Debian project.  He also worked on the MIPS port of the
Linux kernel, the MIPS emulation of qemu, and far too many smaller
projects to be named here.</p>

<p>Thiemo's work, dedication, broad technical knowledge and ability to
share this with others will be missed. The contributions of Thiemo will
not be forgotten.  The high standards of Thiemos work make it hard to
pick up.</p>

<h2>About Debian</h2>

<p>Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than 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 GNU/Linux

<p>The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its
dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide
the best operating system possible.  Debian 5.0 is another important step
in that direction.</p>

<h2>Contact Information</h2>

<p>For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
<a href="$(HOME)/">http://www.debian.org/</a> or send mail to

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