Debian issues fourth Etch update
The latest release corrects a number of security issues as well as, for the first time in Debian’s update history, adding support for new hardware. The new hardware support
“Existing Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 installation CDs and DVDs can continue to be used to install this update,” the team said today. “After installation, upgrading via an up-to-date Debian mirror will cause any out of date packages to be updated. However, users of the network-console installation method are strongly encouraged to update their media.”
New CD and DVD images containing updated packages and the regular installation media accompanied with the package archive respectively will be made available soon.
“Etch and a half” is an attempt by Debian to support newer hardware that requires updated drivers. This marks the first time the Debian project updates several core packages in its stable distribution without security implications. This may well be an attempt by Debian to broaden its appeal as other popular distributions of Linux issue six-monthly releases that support that latest hardware.
Components newer than the first release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (“etch”) that were not supported yet will be detected by an updated installation routine which is able to install a newer Linux kernel (2.6.24) on the freshly installed system.
This revision includes packages that are based upon the Linux 2.6.24 kernel as well.