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 * Python 3.1 as the default Python 3.X interpreter  * Python 3.1 as the default Python 3.X interprete
 * This is the first Debian release that supports the [[http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/|Haskell Platform]], in version 2010.1, including the compiler ghc in version 6.12.1, and ships more than 200 additional Haskell libraries.

This page is a placeholder for New In Squeeze.

This page is licensed under GPL-2. It is meant to be merged in the Release Notes :

This is currently an early draft.

(Click on the Comments button to see the proposed entries).

Debian Archives

  • Squeeze splits things into a lot more separate sections besides "libs", "network" etc; additions include "embedded", "haskell", and "video"
  • backports.org is now integrated as backports.debian.org
  • volatile.debian.org now has volatile-sloppy (plans for closer integration with proposed-updates)
  • release architectures for Squeeze: dropping arm, adding kfreebsd-amd64 and kfreebsd-i386 (with caveats)

OS Infrastructure

  • consolekit

  • console-setup reorganised (also used by X)

  • dash is now default and Essential

  • grub means grub2, grub-legacy still available

  • insserv defaulting to CONCURRENCY=makefile

  • libpam-runtime - streamlined PAM configuration

  • policykit-1

  • udisks

  • xorg autoconfiguration (for most hardware)

  • dpkg

    • now supports XZ compression in binary and source packages
    • has been optimized to load its database quicker
    • can filter files to install with --path-exclude and --path-include.
    • no longer requires perl, and is thus more embedded-friendly

Desktop and Laptop

  • GNOME has been updated to version 2.30, with some pieces of GNOME 2.32.
  • Deprecation of HAL: The default GNOME installation on Linux no longer requires HAL but uses newer interfaces like udisks, upower and libudev. See HALRemoval

  • KDE has been updated to version 4.4.5.
  • gdm3 is the new default login manager. Users upgrading from lenny, however, will not have their login manager replaced. The old gdm package will be dropped in the next major release.

Server

none yet

Security

none yet

Debugging and Instrumentation

none yet

Programming

  • Python 2.6 as the default Python 2.X interpreter (2.5 remains supported)
  • Python 3.1 as the default Python 3.X interprete
  • This is the first Debian release that supports the Haskell Platform, in version 2010.1, including the compiler ghc in version 6.12.1, and ships more than 200 additional Haskell libraries.

Debian system

Debian kernels

The Linux version in Squeeze is 2.6.32; the udev in Squeeze will complain [and/or explode?] on anything older than [2.6.28?] Admin-visible changes from Lenny's 2.6.26 include:

  • "deb-pkg" build target support
  • even IDE (PATA) hard drives now register as /dev/sdX (use filesystem labels! See Part-UUID)

  • filesystems: ext4; defaults for ext3 changing to data=writeback, relatime
  • ipv6: current status?
  • Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) support (dependent on graphics hardware)

Meanwhile the kfreebsd-* releases may be only a "technology preview", but their availability in Squeeze makes Debian slightly more than just a GNU/Linux distribution...

Debian Installer

  • Graphical installer
  • Selection in boot menu of alternative desktop environments

Science

No longer supported in Squeeze

  • zope2

Upgrade issues

none yet

Debian Pure Blends

The Debian subsets targeting at specific user groups which were formerly known as Custom Debian Distributions are now called Debian Pure Blends (in short Blends). New Blends featuring metapackages in Squeeze are

There is an overview about currently existing Blends available here.

Notes

none yet

See Also