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04 September 2010, 11:52

Debian 7.0 named

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As the Debian developers work on completing development of the free software Debian GNU/Linux 6.0, known as "Squeeze", they have also been selecting the name for the next version, 7.0. In a recent release update posting, it was announced that Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 will be named "Wheezy".

Debian release names are taken from characters in the Toy Story movie series. For example, Squeeze is a reference to the little green alien toys who appear in all three movies. "Wheezy", a squeezy penguin toy which wears a red bow tie, only appears in the second Toy Story film and is the first character selected as a Debian version name which has not appeared in all the movies.

The release update also noted that Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", which has been frozen for some time, is now entering a "hardened" freeze, with a less relaxed attitude to package updates. New versions of packages will now only be accepted if they have fixes for critical bugs, are essential to achieve release goals or contain translation or documentation corrections.

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