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(Is this the same as Sarge2EtchUpgrade? I think not, but there is certainly some overlap.) ## (Is this the same as Sarge2EtchUpgrade? I think not, but there is certainly some overlap.)
## Tolimar: No, it isn't. Sarge2EtchUpgrade concentrates on technical stuff done during upgrades; this page is more intended as a quick overview, not only limited to technical things.

A list of more technical issues regarding the upgrade from Sarge to Etch is available at Sarge2EtchUpgrade.
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 * internal development:
  * GCC 4.1 as default compilter
  * libc 2.3.6
  * Python 2.4 (Well, will soon be?)
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 * ddtp (translated package descriptions) out of the box?

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 direcetly.

  • New python policy
  • mirror split
  • AMD64 arch
  • LSB 3.1
  • UTF-8 environment by default on new installs
  • ..
  • internal development:
    • GCC 4.1 as default compilter
    • libc 2.3.6
    • Python 2.4 (Well, will soon be?)

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.
  • ...

New introduced Packages

(Just the most important ones.)

  • Nexuiz ;)

  • xen and vserver kernel variants (no more patching)
  • with advancement of free Java implementations packages like Eclipse Platform or Tomcat5 are possible

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 3.5.3 (3.5.4 in sid will probably make it to etch, too)
  • GNOme 2.12.3 (2.14.2.1 in sid will probably be released with etch, too)
  • ...
  • 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)

removed packages

  • Mozilla

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