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Debian issues fourth Etch update

By   |  July 27, 2008

The Debian GNU/Linux team today released the fourth update for the current stable Debian release, codenamed Etch.

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 “After installation, upgrading via an up-to-date Debian mirror will cause any out of date packages to be updated.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.


One Response to “Debian issues fourth Etch update”

  1. Don Webb
    July 29th, 2008 @ 2:38 am


    I just did my new Debian Etch updates using update manager, as I do any time it alerts me.

    I now notice ether browsers I use Iceweasel or Epiphany,,flash for a second a background image of another page every few seconds, when I scroll or move about to other links.

    Anyone else have this problem. It has never happened before until I updated this last update.

    Don Webb

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