Etch was the code name for a former DebianStable distribution. It was released on Apr 8th 2007 as Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. It was superseded by Debian/Lenny on Feb 15th 2009. It has been archived and no longer receives security updates.
Security updates are not provided anymore.
http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/ - Debian/Etch Release Information
Debian/Etch Life cycle
24 Jul 2006 : Announcement of Upcoming Release (press release).
08 Apr 2007 : Initial released : 4.0r0 (press release).
15 Feb 2010 : End of security updates / End of life. (press release).
22 May 2010 : Updated (4.0r9) (press release).
Etch is officially supported on the following architectures : alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sparc (see Etch's release page, release architecture criteria, and architecture re-qualification status).
(m68k support was dropped).
Secure/Signed repositories (SecureApt).
Graphical Installer (DebianInstaller/GUI).
Debian-Installer supports 58 languages (i.e 18 new ones ; map)
- UTF-8 enabled by default.
Packages & versions
- apt 0.5.3
- kernel : linux 2.6.18
- libc : libc6 2.2.3
- gcc : 4.1.1
- X-server : Xorg 7.1
Download CD : http://www.debian.org/CD/faq#old
Package Repository : http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/
- Installation :
Upgrade from Sarge: Sarge2EtchUpgrade
Release Party : ReleasePartyEtch
Many answers can be found in the 4.0r0 press release or in the Release Information.
- Q) What were the release goals for Etch ?
see Etch 4.0, Blockers and Goals, Arch status, kernel 2.4, etc. A summary of the initially planned features, as discussed on debian-devel, went to EtchTODOList.
See also :