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What changed between the release of Sarge and the upcoming release of Etch, which might be interesting for users, even if it didn't effect them direcetly. What changed between the release of Sarge and the upcoming release of Etch, which might be interesting for users, even if it didn't effect them directly.

New Features and other interesting stuff in Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch"

A list of more technical issues regarding the upgrade from Sarge to Etch is available at Sarge2EtchUpgrade.

internal changes

What changed between the release of Sarge and the upcoming release of Etch, which might be interesting for users, even if it didn't effect them directly.

  • New python policy
    • Python 2.4
  • mirror split
  • AMD64 arch
  • LSB 3.1
  • ..
  • internal development:
    • linux-2.6 common package builds linux-images
      • smp alternatives: for amd64 and i386 the SMP support is found on runtime
      • new initramfs-tools early userspace (works with SATA, USB, RAID, LVM NFS, cryptoroot, ..) much more flexible
    • GCC 4.1 as default compilter
    • libc 2.3.6
      • support for 2.2 kernels has been dropped (except for m68k). libc will refuse to be installed on 2.2 kernels, the solution is to install a 2.4 (or a 2.6) kernel before the upgrade.

New Features

  • apt-key and all that
  • ddtp (translated package descriptions) out of the box?
  • installer:
    • graphical installer
      • new languages through bidi support
    • encrypted partitions
  • "default desktop environment" improvements
    • update notification (using update-notifier)
    • local deb install (using gdebi)
    • printing support
    • scanner support (post beta-3 stuff)
    • better artwork (being discussed now)
    • instant messaging (using gaim)
    • partition management (using gparted) and more.
  • UTF-8 environment by default on new installs
  • udev by default on new installs
  • debtags
  • ...

New introduced Packages

(Just the most important ones.)

  • Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP)
  • Nexuiz ;)

  • xen and vserver kernel variants (no more patching)
  • Eclipse and Tomcat 5 in main (no more in contrib)
  • Mono
  • TeX Live distribution (+350MB, yay)
  • SER (SIP Express Router) and OpenSER, for advanced VoIP architectures

Updated Packages

(Just the most important ones.)

  • OpenOffice.org 2.0.3

    • nota bene: splitted packages; you don't need to install everything, if you just need OpenOffice.org writer

  • KDE 3.5.4
  • GNOME 2.14.2.1
  • Xfce 4.4
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.17 (?)
  • X.org 7.x
    • nota bene: Brings not only new drivers, but also modularized packages (and with that no mega downloads when a security update is releases)
  • mdadm 2.5.x: now requires an mdadm.conf file.
  • Asterisk 1.2
  • Firefox 1.5
  • Thunderbird 1.5
    • nota bene: Due to tradmark issues, both firefox and thunderbird are no longer shipped in "mozilla-foo" packages

removed packages

  • Mozilla (perhaps seamonkey as replacement)

(Might be mostly interesting for the release-notes? Some way to autogenerate such a list? ask tbm?)