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Debian Installer etch beta 1 released

The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the first beta
release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch.

Improvements in this release of the installer include:
     * Debian testing (etch) is now installed by default, instead of
       sarge, and features several months of development and updates.
     * This new version of the installer uses and installs the 2.6.12
       kernel, instead of the 2.6.8 kernel used in the sarge release.
     * 2.6 is now the default kernel for i386 and sparc (and remains the
       default kernel for powerpc, amd64, ia64 and hppa). Boot with
       "install24" to install using the 2.4 kernel.
     * The installer supports a rescue mode for recovering broken
       systems. Boot with "rescue".
     * An alpha release of a graphical version of the installer is
       available for the i386, amd64, and powerpc architectures.
     * Improved locale selection, timezone and clock setup, and
     * Automatic laptop detection and installation of a laptop task.
     * Secure apt is used to cryptographically verify downloaded
     * Improved log file management and bug reporting.
     * Automatically installs acpid if the hardware supports it.
     * Added the following languages: Malagasy, Macedonian, Tagalog,
       Belarusian, Esperanto, Wolof, Xhosa, Estonian and Kurdish

This release no longer supports the following:

     * sparc32: Dropped support for installations using 2.6 kernel.
     * s390: This architecture is not supported by this installer
       release. We hope to support it again in the next release.

Installation CDs, other media, and everything else you'll need are
available from our web site, <http://www.nl.debian.org/devel/debian-installer>

For the Debian Installer team,
Joey Hess

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