Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Keep Calm and Install Debian 7.0 Wheezy

Finally, after two years of being in development, the Debian development team announced that Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" is now out for people to download, try and install.

The Debian distribution has been known for its unwavering stability and rock-solid performance for many years.

Firstly, it is important to let you know that Debian Wheezy is based on the older and stable Linux 3.2 kernel. The latest version out is the 3.9 kernel used in other bleeding-edge distros like Fedora.

What's new on Wheezy?

Number 1 - Multiarch Support
One of the core foundations of Wheezy's development has been the Multiarch support. Technically, what this means is you can install 32-bit applications on your 64-bit installation of Debian Linux.

In their vision of building a true universal operating system, the Multiarch support allows cross building and better support for legacy 32-bit applications.

This will also enable live migrations from a 32-bit to a 64-bit application.

Number 2 - Deploying personal Clouds
Debian is a driving force for "freedom" and with that in mind, they've added additional tools that allow users to deploy their own personal clouds and services. In technicality, a full "Software as a Service" offering.

Wheezy will feature ready-to-use packages that can use with OpenStack and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP).

More on this can be read here.

Number 3 -Software-Speech Installation
For visually impaired users, who don't use a Braille device, this is possibly a blessing. The installation system is now available in 73 different languages out of which around a dozen of them are available for software speech synthesis.

Number 4 - UEFI Supported Boot
Although the developer community hasn't added support for "Secure Boot"* yet, Wheezy adds support for installation and booting using the UEFI for new 64-bit computers.

* - If your computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed, you'll have to disable secure boot and then use your system's UEFI menu to install Wheezy.

New Updates
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  • Apache 2.2.22
  • Asterisk
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.4
  • GNU Compiler Collection 4.7.2
  • Icedove 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
  • Iceweasel 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.8.4
  • kFreeBSD kernel 8.3 and 9.0
  • LibreOffice 3.5.4
  • Linux 3.2
  • MySQL 5.5.30
  • Nagios 3.4.1
  • OpenJDK 6b27 and 7u3
  • Perl 5.14.2
  • PHP 5.4.4
  • PostgreSQL 9.1
  • Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3
  • Samba 3.6.6
  • Tomcat 6.0.35 and 7.0.28
  • Xen Hypervisor 4.1.4
  • the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment
  • X.Org 7.7
  • more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from nearly 17,500 source packages
Getting Debian 7.0 Wheezy

Head over to the Debian Project page for download methods, installation instructions and more.

There are more features on Debian 7.0 that I have not elaborated here. You can find all the missing information here.