Debian ships Lenny 5.0 release after 22 months of development
With 22 months of development now behind them, the Debian team today released Debian Gnu/Linux 5.0, codenamed Lenny. The release supports no less than 12 processor architectures and includes the KDE, Gnome, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments. It also features compatibility with major standards including the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS 2.3) and version 3.2 of the Linux Standard Base.
Platforms supported by Debian Lenny include Sparc, Alpha, PowerPC, Intel 32-bit and 64-bit systems as well as IBM’s s390 and AMD64-based systems. Lenny also adds support for Marvell’s Orion platform which is used in many storage devices.
On the desktop Lenny doesn’t include KDE’s 4.2 release desktop manager but rather the earlier 3.5.10 release. The default Gnome desktop is also not the most recent version with Debian shipping version 2.22.2. OpenOffice.org 2.4.1, GIMP 2.4.7, version 3.0.6 of the Iceweasel browser, PostgreSQL 8.3.6, MySQL 5.0.51a, Apache 2.2.9, Samba 3.2.5, Python 2.5.2 and 2.4.6, Perl 5.10.0, PHP 5.2.6 and Asterisk 188.8.131.52 are also included in the release.
On the display side, Debian Lenny uses the X.Org 7.3 server which autoconfigures itself for most hardware.
Lenny includes full NTFS file support and supports many, but not all, multimedia format. Format’s such as Adobe’s Flash format are sported through the free swfdec or Gnash plugins.
The availability and updates of OpenJDK, GNU Java compiler, GNU Java bytecode interpreter, Classpath and other free versions of Sun’s Java technology, into Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 allowed the Debian team to ship Java-based applications in Debian’s “main” repository.
Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from various installation media such as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network. Gnome is the default desktop environment and is contained on the first CD. Other desktop environments – KDE, Xfce, or LXDE – can be installed through two new alternative CD images. CD images can be downloaded or purchased.