Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jan 2009 13:48 UTC
Debian and its clones "The developers behind the Debian Linux distribution are preparing for the upcoming release of Debian 5, which is codenamed Lenny. The decision to move forward with the release follows a contentious vote over whether to permit the inclusion of binary blobs in the new version of the distribution. Consensus coalesced around a controversial proposal to "assume blobs comply with the GPL unless proven otherwise."
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RE: Comment by moleskine
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 7th Jan 2009 00:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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I suppose it's a bit of a reflection on Debian's fallen status that so few folks beyond the hardcore have even noticed that a new iteration of Debian is imminent. Time was when such an event would have been eagerly anticipated and discussed all over the place.

I'm quite eagerly anticipating it myself, although because I'm relatively new to Linux I wouldn't be able to tell how Debian's popularity (in terms of anticipation and discussion) have changed over the years. I've only become interested in Linux since around 2004; by 2006 I was using it as my main and only OS. My first encounter was around 2000 with Red Hat Desktop (8 or 9--can't remember), and it was a disaster (that was back before I even know what a "distribution" was).

I thank Microsoft's repeated attempts at killing Windows XP and forcing Vista down our throats (ie. new computer required in my case... big time) for my renewed interest in Linux; and DistroWatch, Wikipedia, Google, Slashdot, and OSNews for the info I needed to make the switch. ;)

Edited 2009-01-07 00:44 UTC

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