Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 in December
The Debian project has confirmed December 2006 as the date for the next release of its distribution. The new release, alias ‘etch’, will be named Debian GNU/Linux 4.0.
This release will also be the first official release to include support for the AMD64 architecture raising the number of architectures supported to 11 in total.
At this stage, the December release will ship with Linux 2.6.17 as its default kernel across all architectures although a later version of the kernal may be selected during a review in October.
New features of this release will include the GNU Compiler Collection 4.1 as the default compiler and X.Org will replace XFree86 for the X Window System X11. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 will also include Secure APT which will add extra security by supporting strong cryptography and digital signatures to validate downloaded packages.
Bug Squashing Parties
A number of real-life bug squashing parties will happen before the new distribution is released in order to fix as many of the open release-critical bugs as possible. They will be held in different cities as well as online. People who can not join the developers on person can participate online in the #debian-bugs channel on irc.debian.org.
Dates and details for bug-squalshing parties can be found at http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathon.