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DRAFT v4(final): Debian 2.0 "Hamm" Released

This is the final draft, unless someone finds any major problems with it.  
Most of the comments I've received have been included.  As far as 
distribution goes, I like all the ideas that have been posted here, but it 
would be REALLY helpful (hint, hint :) if people would add the email 
addresses to submit the material to with their suggestions... it takes a 
while to dig them all up.

I think all of the URLs are OK now, I'm just waiting to hear from Jay on the 
update.faq (currently non existent under 2.0/ ).



 Debian GNU/Linux
 Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' Released
 July 24, 1998

>> News

Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' has officially been released for the i386 
and m68k architectures.

It can be obtained in several ways:

FTP:       ftp://ftp.debian.org/pub/debian/  
CD-ROM:    http://www.debian.org/distrib/vendors (list of distributors)
CD Images: http://cdimage.debian.org/

Debian 2.0 marks the move from the older libc5 to the newer libc6.  It 
contains over 1500 precompiled binary packages contributed from over 400 
developers, including all of the favorites: web servers, GIMP, gcc, egcs, 
XFree86, SQL servers and many other tools and utilities.

Debian's powerful package manager 'dpkg' allows for easy installation, 
maintenance and updating of packages including sophisticated handling of
dependencies and configurations.  Packages from other distributions can 
easily be installed using the 'alien' utility.

Debian development distributions for Alpha, Sparc, and PowerPC are also 
available under the "unstable" tree from the FTP site.  They will likely
be released with Debian 2.1 'Slink.'

>> Why Debian GNU/Linux?

 o Debian is 100% Free Software. Our goal is to help keep Linux free.
 o Over 1500 precompiled software packages.
 o Over 400 developers, the largest staff of any Linux distribution.
 o The largest pre-release testing program in the Linux world.
 o Free on-line support from our large, friendly user community on the
   debian-user mailing list and chat forums.
 o Floppy-less install directly from CD, or single floppy install
   using NFS or hard disk.
 o Automatic upgrades via CD, FTP, NFS, or disk.
 o Bug tracking system is publicly accessible on our web server, and
   users are encouraged to access the system and provide feedback.
 o Anyone can duplicate and sell our Official CD or a snapshot of the
   ftp archive, at no charge!
 o Compatible with RPM and Slackware packages.

>> Upgrade Information

To avoid problems in just upgrading packages via dpkg, dselect, or dftp 
(due to possible libc5/libc6 conflicts), a specific upgrade procedure is 
recommended.  This document describing this procedure can be found at:


There are several ways to upgrade from an earlier version:
  1) autoup.sh
       This is a script that will upgrade the programs in the
     correct order, and even download the deb's for you.  Because
     of the continuing changes to the archive, a tar archive of the
     packages that were available at the time autoup.sh was last
     released is provided.  This is should be in the developers
     corner on the Debian web site, but newer versions are at:
  2) apt-get
       This is the command line part of Debian's future
     package manager.  It knows how to order packages and will
     download them from a local archive, http, and ftp sites.  It is
     able to merge the info from several sites, so you can use a CD,
     an up to date mirror, and a non-us site for the best mix of
     speed, variety, and latest versions.  
     Just run 'apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade'.  
     The 'Bo' version is at: http://www.debian.org/~jgg/  
     The 'Hamm' version is in project/experimental.
  3) By hand
       A HOWTO can be found at:
     but as the autoup.sh simply automates this process this is the
     least convenient option.

>> About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the Linux operating system. 
It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer 
their time and effort.

>> Contact Information 

For further information, please send email to press@debian.org or visit
the Debian homepage at http://www.debian.org/.

Nils Lohner				E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
Debian GNU/Linux Press Contact          Press:  press@debian.org

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