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24 November 2009, 15:39

Debian 6.0 Squeeze to be released in summer 2010

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Project leader Steve McIntyre wants to release version 6.0 of Debian, code-named "Squeeze", before the annual DebConf developer conference to be held in New York in early August 2010. McIntyre told iTWire that, "It would be nice to have things done before we head off to New York for DebConf in July, so that we're free of the release work while we discuss future plans".

It's only in mid 2009 that the Debian developers opted to change their previous 'release went it's ready' policy in favour of a fixed release cycle and targeted Spring 2010 for the release of Squeeze. The code freeze was scheduled for December 2009 accordingly. Due to the postponement of the final release until the summer, the code freeze has now also been rescheduled for March 2010. This thwarts Mark Shuttleworth's efforts to synchronise the release cycles of Debian and the Debian-based Ubuntu distribution, at least for Squeeze – the release of the next version 10.04 of Ubuntu is planned for April 2010.

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