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Debian GNU/Linux Milestones



  1. The H: Backports now an official Debian repository
  2. iTWire: Debian's next release frozen
  3. The H: Debian Squeeze frozen
  4. eWeek: Debian Developer Conference Under Way in New York City
  5. Debian Project News: Debian Project News - May 31st, 2010
  6. Debian Devel Announce: bits from the DPL: RFH, comm., derivatives, delegates, newbies
  7. PolishLinux: Stefano Zacchiroli (Debian Leader): Local communities are important
  8. Debian Project News: Debian Project News - May 18th, 2010
  9. iTWire: Keeping 1000 devs focused: new Debian leader speaks
  10. iTWire: Stefano Zacchiroli is new Debian leader
  11. The H: Wayback machine for Debian repositories
  12. Debian: New archive snapshot service available
  13. ZDNet UK: Updated Debian GNU/Linux Distribution

2009: Debian "Lenny" is released

Debian 5.0, "Lenny" was released on 14 February 2009 after nearly two years of development. It includes more than 25 000 packages including many security enhancements such as SELinux included with all new installs (although it is disabled by default) and PHP's Suhosin system.

  1. The H: Debian 6.0 Squeeze to be released in summer 2010
  2. iTWire: Debian looking at development freeze by March
  3. The H: Kernel 2.6.32 for Debian Squeeze
  4. iTWire: Debian powers robotic sub to victory
  5. iTWire: Next Debian release with FreeBSD kernel as well
  6. Debian: Robotic Submarine Running Debian Wins International Competition
  7. Register: Debian to harness freebsd with kernel port
  8. The H: Update for "Lenny", Debian 5.0.3
  9. The H: Debian switches to Upstart
  10. Linux Magazine: ROSE Blog Interviews: Meike Reichle, Debian Developer
  11. Happy sweet 16 Debian - where now?
  12. The H: Happy Birthday Debian
  13. The H: Shuttleworth wants to support Debian
  14. Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze" release goals
  15. Debian: Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes
  16. Slashdot: The State of Munich's Ongoing Linux Migration
  17. The H: Berlin art colleges switch to Linux
  18. TechRadar UK: Up close and personal with Debian 5.0
  19. The H: Health Check: Ubuntu and Debian's special relationship
  20. The H: First update for Debian 5.0 "Lenny" released
  21. iTWire: Steve McIntyre re-elected Debian leader
  22. Linux Magazine: Combining Debian and FreeBSD; Pushing the Envelope of FOSS
  23. PC Quest: Debian 5: Lenny
  24. Adventures In Open Source: Distro Review: Debian Lenny
  25. The H: Kicking off Debian Squeeze
  26. The H: Debian Project updates Package Policy
  27. The H: Interview: Steve McIntyre of Debian
  28. Howto Forge: A Short Introduction To Apt-Pinning
  29. eWeek: Debian 5.0 Continues Strong Linux Tradition
  30. eWeek: Debian's Lenny Remains an Apt Community Linux Option
  31. HowtoForge: The Perfect Desktop - Debian Lenny
  32. Datamation: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0: Flexible and (Almost) Free
  33. Ars Technica: Looking at Lenny: hands on with Debian 5.0
  34. Computerworld: Debian 5's Five Best Features
  35. Register: Debian 'Lenny' arrives: bigger, longer, searchable
  36. ZDNet UK: Debian 'Lenny' released
  37. Debian achieves fifth major release
  38. TechWorld: Debian's Lenny offers enterprises open-source option
  39. Register: 'Lenny': Debian for the masses?
  40. Slashdot: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" Released
  41. Tectonic: Debian ships Lenny 5.0 release after 22 months of development
  42. Heise online: Lenny debuts - Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 released
  43. Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 released
  44. Debian Lenny: A Linux Valentine Release
  45. ITWire: Why Debian release schedules don't matter
  46. LXer: Debian goes into deep freeze
  47. ITWire: A conversation with Bdale Garbee
  48. ITWire: Getting FOSS developers and companies to play nicely
  49. Ars Technica: Debian 5 release approaches... binary blobs included

2008: Debian Celebrates its 15th Year

  1. Ars Technica: Why Ubuntu users should care about Debian
  2. LinuxPlanet: Seven Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions
  3. Heise online: Ts'o calls for pragmatic Debian
  4. Linux Evolution Reveals Origins of Curious Mathematical Phenomenon
  5. Register: Debian all business with Lenny and Squeeze
  6. iTWire: 20 reasons to shed the Microsoft yoke and use Linux
  7. EFYTimes: Debian Is Live Now!
  8. iTWire: Why Debian is different
  9. Heise online: Debian is 15 years old
  10. Debian: 15 Years Old and at the Crossroads
  11. Internet News: Debian @15 is it still relevant?
  12. InfoWorld: Ubuntu sponsor joins Linux Foundation
  13. 15 years of Debian
  14. iTWire: Happy Birthday Debian
  15. EFYTimes: Debian Turns 15 Years Old
  16. Slashdot: Debian's Testing Branch Nears Completion
  17. TechRepublic: Debian: The OS for the rest of us
  18. iTWire: Being Debian leader can be 'scary at times'
  20. IT Jungle: Debian Project Updates 4.0, Code Freezes Debian 5.0
  21. Register: Next Debian's 'Lenny' frozen
  22. Tectonic: Debian celebrates 15-year legacy
  23. The Linux Link Tech Show: Episode 244 Special Guest Steve McIntyre - Debian Project Leader
  24. ComputerWorld: Interview: Steve McIntyre, Debian Project Leader
  25. Debian: An Interview with Steve McIntyre
  26. Debian: Debian is participating in the 2008 Google Summer of Code
  27. Debian Sarge Ends Tour of Linux Duty
  28. iTWire: Debian shows how security snafu should be handled
  29. ZDNet: Interview with Debian Project Leader Steve McIntyre
  30. iTWire: Steve McIntyre elected Debian leader
  31. Slashdot: Study Reports On Debian Governance, Social Organization
  32. PC World: Debian Linux cluster beats supercomputer in tsunami warnings
  33. Debian Times: DebConf8 registration open
  34. Datamation: In Defense and Praise of Debian by Bruce Byfield
  35. Linux-Watch: Debian 4.0 gets security update

2007: Debian 4.0 (Etch) is released

Debian 4.0 (Etch) was released on April 8 after 1 year and 10 months of development. Etch includes a graphical installer, udev transition, modular X.Org transition, a new architecture: amd64, and a dropped architecture: m68k.

  1. Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated
  2. EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: Voyage Linux: The Comforts of Debian. Embedded.
  3. internetnews: Big Debian Linux Payday For HP
  4. ComputerWorld: Debian stays true to its roots
  5. O'Reilly Linux DevCenter Blog: Desktop Debian Etch (and Ubuntu)
  6. Wired News: Is Debian Etch The Other "Easy Linux"?
  7. Free Software Magazine: Debian as a desktop system: A good alternative to Ubuntu
  8. Desktop Linux: Apt-get remove SUSE; apt-get install Etch
  9. First interview: Sam Hocevar, new Debian Project Leader
  10. CLICK: All roads lead to Debian
  11. Channel Insider: Debian 4.0 Tiptoes to Leading Edge
  12. HowtoForge: The Perfect Setup - Debian Etch (Debian 4.0)
  13. Debian GNU/Linux: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released: 8 April 2007
  14. Heise Online: Debian picks new project head
  15. LXer: DebConf8 location: Mar del Plata, Argentina
  16. LXer: Exploring the Debian Installer
  17. Debian Wiki: Debian's page to track press coverage about Debian in 2007

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2006: Enterprise Support for Debian Arrives

With several announcements of support for Debian by HP, it is now evident that enterprise scale support for Debian GNU/Linux is now available.

  1. The well-tempered Debian desktop
  2. LXer: Debian Etch: So Easy A Newbie Can Do It
  3. TechWorld: Munich Linux scales desktop management
  4. Indian schools to use homebrew Debian distro
  5. DebianTimes: City of Munich deploys a Debian-based solution for Desktop
  6. Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated
  7. PC Magazine: HP Announces Support for Debian Linux
  8. DevX: HP Backs Debian Linux to The Hilt
  9. New installer gives Debian Etch an edge
  10. LXer: New community project targets the Debian user
  11. Register: switches onto Linux
  12. ComputerWorld: Debian gives Linux a Bhutanese touch
  13. PC World: Next Debian Release to Support AMD64 Chips
  14. HP Backs Carrier Grade Debian GNU/Linux
  15. OSDL: Debian Project Embraces OSDL Carrier Grade Specification
  16. TechNewsWorld: Debian Linux to Include OpenVZ Virtualization
  17. NewsForge: DebConf6: Hot, spicy, and working hard to satisfy Debian users
  18. Sun Microsystems: Sun Recasts Java Licensing for GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris Communities
  19. Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r2)
  20. LXer: SUSE, Fedora or Debian for sys admins: A closer look
  21. Pro-Linux: Reader's Questions to the Debian Project Leader
  22. NewsFroge: Interview with Debian Project Leader-elect Anthony Towns
  23. ZDNet: Towns the talk of Debian Project
  24. NewForge: Debian decides on GNU Free Documentation License
  25. LWN: Interview with DPL Branden Robinson
  26. [Debian] Linux in Italian schools - five months later
  27. NewsForge: Debian scrutinizes GPL3

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2005: A Major New Release Heralds Debian's Maturity

Debian 3.1 (Sarge) was released on June 6th; a distribution derived from Debian, Ubuntu, has become one of the hottest Linux distributions; the DCC Alliance brought a Linux Standards Base (LSB) 3.0 compliant core to Debian; and Netcraft reported that Debian has regained its position as the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers. Together these show that Debian has matured significantly over the past year.

  1. Debian Weekly News - 2005 Timeline
  2. Strong growth for Debian
  3. Debian Alliance Eyes The Enterprise
  4. Debian Based Nokia 770 as mobile innovation platform
  5. MadPenguin: Book Review: The Beauty of "The Debian System"
  6. Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r1)
  7. LXer: Debian Stabilizing the Linux Landscape
  8. TUXjournal: A very long chat with Debian's Branden Robinson
  9. A Concise apt-get / dpkg primer for new Debian users
  10. Sixth Annual Debian Conference Final Report
  11. article on Installing Debian Sarge
  12. article on Installing Debian by Edd Dumbill.
  13. article on Chinese Ed. Dept. in Major Linux Buy by Sean Michael Kerner.
  14. UPGRADE Vol. VI, No. 3, June 2005 Measuring Libre Software Using Debian 3.1 (Sarge) as A Case Study: Preliminary Results .
  15. Inquirer publishes Vienna dumps Microsoft, moves to Linux by Nick Farrell.
  16. NewsForge publishes The Debian legacy by Nick Myra.
  17. NewsForge publishes Review: Debian 3.1 by Bruce Byfield.
  18. Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 released
  19.'s fifth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey reports that Debian is the most popular distribution in embedded systems.
  20. NewsForge publishes Interview: Branden Robinson, new Debian Project Leader.
  21. publishes Debian wins Munich Linux deal by Stephen Shankland.
  22. ZDNet publishes Munich picks its Linux distro by Ingrid Marson.
  23. Heise publishes Munich banks on Debian.
  24. publishes Non-Commercial Linux Use on The Rise by Sean Michael Kerner.
  25. Linux Magazine publishes Its All About the Debians by Jason Perlow.

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2004: Debian Growth Accelerates

Netcraft reported in January that Debian is the Fastest Growing Linux Distribution for web services. Here is a sampling of other important news about Debian GNU/Linux from 2004:

  1. OSdir publishes Debian Installation with the Net-Installer RC2 by Luis Lima.
  2. publishes Debian Women: Geek feminists in action by Bruce Byfield.
  3. publishes An apt-get primer by Bruce Byfield.
  4. publishes a guest editorial by Binh Nguyen "A Constructive Critique of Debian Linux".
  5. NewsForge publishes an article about the group Debian Women.
  6. ZDNet reports that Europcar International has migrated 1500 systems to Debian GNU/Linux.
  7. Hindistan Kivilcim writes in Newsforge about why he uses the Debian GNU/Linux operating system (OS) on his workstation.
  8. ZDNet reports on Debian Sarge.
  9. ZDNet reports that Oxford University's computer centre embraces PostgreSQL running on Debian.
  10. Lägler completely migrates to Debian GNU/Linux.
  11. A book The Debian System Concepts and Techniques by Martin F. Krafft is available.
  12. A book Debian GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide by Graham Williams is available.
  13. ActivMedia switches to Debian.
  14. Debian is used for the new Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) online information system.
  15. Hewlett-Packard offers 24x7 support for Debian GNU/Linux with HP Extensions.
  16. HP Chooses Debian to expedite feature additions for Carrier Grade Linux.
  17. Debian continues to grow its market share of Linux-based web hosting providers at a brisk pace.
  18. Debian has given users more power than they have ever had.
  19. Google sysadmin lauds Debian for software management.
  20. Debian's testing release adds integrated XML Support.
  21. eWeek: Debian Linux Distribution Earns Quiet Popularity.
  22. Debian Security Advisories are Declared CVE-Compatible.
  23. ServerWatch Reviews Debian's stable release.
  24. Andreas Tille's paper Custom Debian Distributions on bridging the link between upstream software developers and end users.
  25. Marcus Thiesen's review of the Debian Installer.
  26. Open source data mining efforts by CSIRO run under Debian.
  27. Debian is the Fastest Growing Linux Distribution according to Netcraft.
  28. Barry Smith published articles comparing five Debian based distributions in a Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) environment: Lindows 4.0, Lindows 4.5, Libranet, Mepis, and Xandros 2.0 Deluxe.

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2003: A Banner Year for Debian in the News

2003 was a banner year for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Debian celebrated its tenth anniversary and won many awards, placed high in many industry surveys, and was cited in case studies and white papers. Here is a sampling of the most important news about Debian GNU/Linux from 2003:

  1. Debian Weekly News - 2003 Timeline.
  2. Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (r2) is released.
  3. HP Expands Debian Linux Support.
  4. Debian GNU/Linux won the 2003 Linux New Media Award in the category "Best Distribution".
  5. Debian GNU/Linux won the 2003 Linux Journal Reader's Choice Award for "favorite distribution".
  6. Debian GNU/Linux won the German Linux Enterprise magazine reader's choice award for "Best Enterprise Distribution".
  7. Debian GNU/Linux placed third in's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey for most popular GNU/Linux distribution for embedded development.
  8. Newsfactor Special Report: Is There a Place for Debian in the Enterprise?
  9. Netcraft rated Debian GNU/Linux as the second most popular distribution on Internet web sites and the most cosmopolitan.
  10. Debian celebrates its 10th Birthday
  11. LinuxForce published a case study featuring our Remote Responder service for a Debian GNU/Linux ISP network.
  12. LinuxForce published a case study featuring our Remote Responder service in a Debian GNU/Linux web hosting environment.
  13. LinuxForce announced the development of a new, web-based educational application built under Debian GNU/Linux.
  14. HP published a white paper using Debian GNU/Linux to demonstrate "leveraging open source for web services development".
  15. Colm MacCárthaigh and Colin Whittaker publish a Case-Study in Best Practice for Operating System Management featuring Debian GNU/Linux..

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