R-beta: Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' Released
bates at stat.wisc.edu
Fri Jul 24 02:34:10 CEST 1998
The r-base and r-cran packages are now officially a part of the
released version of Debian GNU/Linux. They have been part of Debian
2.0 while it was in development. Debian 2.0 was released at 00:00 GMT
July 24, 1998.
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Subject: Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' Released
From: lohner at debian.org
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 20:01:46 -0400
Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' Released
July 24, 1998
Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 'Hamm' has officially been released for the i386
and m68k architectures.
It can be obtained in several ways:
CD-ROM: http://www.debian.org/distrib/vendors (list of distributors)
CD Images: http://cdimage.debian.org/
Debian 2.0 contains over 1500 precompiled binary packages contributed
from over 400 developers, including all of the favorites: web servers,
GIMP, gcc, egcs, XFree86, SQL servers and many other tools and utilities.
It also marks the move from the older libc5 to the newer libc6.
Debian's powerful package manager 'dpkg' allows for easy installation,
maintenance and updating of packages including sophisticated handling of
dependencies and configurations. Packages from other distributions can
easily be installed using the 'alien' utility.
Debian development distributions for Alpha, Sparc, and PowerPC are also
available under the 'unstable' tree from the FTP site. They will likely
be released with Debian 2.1 'Slink.' Development is currently in
progress for UltraSparc, Netwinder and Hurd based distributions.
>> Why Debian GNU/Linux?
o Debian is 100% Free Software. Our goal is to help keep Linux free.
o Over 1500 precompiled software packages.
o Over 400 developers, the largest staff of any Linux distribution.
o The largest pre-release testing program in the Linux world.
o Free on-line support from our large, friendly user community on the
debian-user mailing list and interactive chat forums.
o Floppy-less install directly from CD, or single floppy install
using NFS or hard disk.
o Automatic upgrades via CD, FTP, NFS, or disk.
o Bug tracking system is publicly accessible on our web server, and
users are encouraged to access the system and provide feedback.
o Anyone can duplicate and sell our Official CD or a snapshot of the
FTP archive, at no charge!
o Compatible with RPM and Slackware packages.
>> Upgrade Information
To avoid problems in just upgrading packages via dpkg, dselect, or dftp
(due to possible libc5/libc6 conflicts), a specific upgrade procedure is
recommended. This document describing this procedure can be found at:
There are several ways to upgrade from an earlier version:
This is a script that will upgrade the programs in the
correct order, and even download the deb's for you. Because
of the continuing changes to the archive, a tar archive of the
packages that were available at the time autoup.sh was last
released is provided. This is in the developers corner
of the Debian web site, but newer versions are at:
This is the command line part of Debian's future
package manager. It knows how to order packages and will
download them from a local archive, http, and FTP sites. It is
able to merge the info from several sites, so you can use a CD,
an up to date mirror, and a non-us site for the best mix of
speed, variety, and latest versions.
Just run 'apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade'.
The 'Bo' version is at: http://www.debian.org/~jgg/
The 'Hamm' version is in project/experimental.
3) By hand
A HOWTO can be found at:
but as the autoup.sh simply automates this process this is the
least convenient option.
>> About Debian
Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the Linux operating system.
It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer
their time and effort.
>> Contact Information
For further information, please send email to press at debian.org or visit
the Debian homepage at http://www.debian.org/.
Nils Lohner E-Mail: lohner at debian.org
Debian GNU/Linux Press Contact Press: press at debian.org
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