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This page collects the most important events of the Debian project from the past year. Please feel free to complete it if it's missing useful information! The final version should be copied to at, similar to the timelines of several past years.


Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 "woody" is removed from the official mirrors and archived on

Debian MiniConf6 takes place at LCA 2007 in Sydney, Australia on January 15th and 16th.

The idea of a Social Committee is discussed on the debian-project mailing-list.


Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "sarge" receives its fifth update.

Joerg Jaspert announces a new policy for handling inactive developer accounts.

The location of the eighth Debian annual conference, DebConf, is announced: Mar del Plata, Argentina.

FOSDEM 2007 takes place in Brussels, Belgium on the 24th and 25th. About 50 Debian contributors discuss development in the Debian DevRoom.


The Debian internationalization team announces that it has reached a historical 100% translation rate of package installation prompts for the French language. Many other languages are close to completion.

The Alioth team adds support for the Mercurial version control system, joining CVS, Arch, Bzr and Git.

Release of the RC2 version of the etch Debian Installer, with support for resizing of Windows Vista NTFS partitions, improvements to the graphical installer, new CD/DVD image types tuned for KDE or Xfce desktop environments and new multi-arch installation media.

Ian Murdoch, Debian founder, joins Sun Microsystems to work on OpenSolaris.

Linden Labs, creators of the popular Second Life online game, announce that their architecture runs on thousands of Debian servers.


Sam Hocevar is elected Project Leader.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "sarge" receives its sixth update and is moved to the oldstable part of the archive.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" is released after 21 months of development, with support for eleven architectures, a new graphical installer, secure APT, KDE 3.5, GNOME 2.14, X.Org 7.1, etc.

The Debian Project announces that it will participate in Google's 2007 Summer Of Code.


The Debian Popularity Contest reaches 50,000 contributors.

The future of the 32-bit version of the SPARC port, sparc32, is discussed on the debian-sparc list.


The seventh Debian annual conference, DebConf, takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 17th to June 23rd, preceded by Debian Day on the 16th, and the annual DebCamp from the 10th to the 15th.


The FTP and lists teams send calls for contributors.

Debian Edu / Skolelinux 3.0 "terra" is released.


The Project endorses the concept of Debian Maintainers.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" gets its first update.

September gets a major overhaul.

A new dpkg version with support for fine-grained symbol-based dependencies is uploaded to experimental.


Steve McIntyre posts a Google Summer of Code 2007 wrap-up.

The Alioth team announces support for Darcs, the testing-security team posts an update, the security team announces the Debian Security Tracker.

The Project decides to reduce the length of the DPL election process.

Dates for DebConf8 announced: August 2nd to August 17th 2008.


The DSA team gets a new member for the first time in several years.

MiniDebConf Venezuela 2007 is announced.


The location of the ninth Debian annual conference, DebConf, is announced: Extremadura, Spain.

The DebConf7 final report is released.

Debian Edu / Skolelinux 3.0 "terra" receives its first update., r1.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project reports that it uses Debian 4.0 "etch" to power its backend servers.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" gets its second update.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "sarge" receives its seventh update.

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