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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sun, 06 Feb 2011

Debian Squeeze is now Stable

Now that this blog is running on Universal Time, I’m pretty sure that while it’s still Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 in my particular time zone (Pacific), Monday has already been reached in UTC, and Debian Squeeze is now in its second day of being the Debian Project’s stable release.

And along with a “new” release, which many of us have been enjoying as Debian’s Testing distribution over the past months, there is also a brand new Debian web site. Even Planet Debian looks “refreshed.”

The best way to keep up with Debian news is via the project’s many mailing lists, a bunch of which I’ve been following of late. When that information is meant for the widest possible audience, it generally appears as part of the latest official news from the Debian Project.

I had already heard that one of the goals of the Squeeze release was to create ISO install images that could both be used in the traditional way — burned onto optical media (CD or DVD) as a boot/install medium — as well as directly copied via the dd utility onto USB-connected drives, which will be just as bootable as optical drives on those machines that allow for USB booting.

That makes things simpler (fewer images to download since the main ISO does so much more). Today I learn from the new Debian home page that there is a single “multi-arch” image that allows a user to install either a 32-bit or 64-bit system onto their PC. The multi-arch build has been around for awhile, but I never really noticed it until Debian put a link to it in the upper right corner of the project home page.

Here are some links to get you going:

Debian Project home page
About Debian
Debian wiki
The Debian Social Contract
Debian Squeeze release announcement
Debian Squeeze release notes (with upgrade instructions)
New look for Debian websites
Latest Debian news
Getting Debian
Debian documentation
Debian Installation Manual
Debian support
Debian mailing lists
Debian Forums
Planet Debian
Donate to Debian
Debian Live
Debian CD/DVD images
Buy a PC with Debian preinstalled
Debian Developers Corner
What are Stable, Testing and Unstable?
Debian pure blends