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Re: Draft for lenny release announcement

On Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 11:15:23AM +0100, Alexander Reichle-Schmehl wrote:
> <p>Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld
> systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between.  A total
> of eleven 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), IBM
                                                             ^^^ armel
> S/390 (s390) and AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64).</p>

<p> Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 includes the ARM EABI port, armel. The
new port is provides more efficient usage of modern and future ARM
processors. The old ARM port (arm) is now depreceated.</p>

Now someone with better english skills please rewrite that ;)

> <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.</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 Macromedias Flash format is available via the swfdec plugin.
> Overall improvements for notebooks have been introduced, like out of the
> box support of CPU frequency scaling.</p>
> <p>The integration 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 Debians "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>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 Blue Ray Discs
> allowing the archive for an entire architecture to be shipped on a single
> installation medium.</p>
> <p>Debian GNU/Linux can be downloaded right now via bittorrent (the
> recommended way), jigdo or HTTP;  see <a href="$(HOME)/CD/">Debian
> GNU/Linux on CDs</a> for further information.  It will soon be available
> on DVD and CD-ROM from numerous <a href="$(HOME)/CD/vendors">vendors</a>,
> too.</p>
> <p>This release includes a number of updated software packages, such as
> the K Desktop Environment 3.5.9 (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 3.0.5), Icedove
> (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird, Iceape (an
> unbranded version of Mozilla Seamonkey 1.1.14), 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, Inkscapoe 0.46, Nagios 3.06, Xen
> Hypervisor 3.2.1, OpenJDK 6b11 and more than 23,000 other ready to use
> software packages.</p>
> <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 release
> notes for possible issues.  For detailed instructions about installing
> and upgrading Debian GNU/Linux, please see the <a
> href="$(HOME)/releases/lenny/releasenotes">release notes</a>.  Please
> note that the release notes will be further improved and translated to
> additional languages in the coming weeks.</p>
> <h2>About Debian</h2>
> <p>Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a
> thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the
> Internet.  Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature,
> and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux
> distributions.</p>
> <p>The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its
> dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide
> the best operating system possible.  Debian 5.0 is another important step
> in that direction.</p>
> <h2>Contact Information</h2>
> <p>For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
> <a href="$(HOME)/">http://www.debian.org/</a> or send mail to
> &lt;press@debian.org&gt;.</p>

"rm -rf" only sounds scary if you don't have backups

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