Debian Squeeze frozen
During DebConf10, currently being held in New York, the Debian developers announced that Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" has been frozen. This means that the ongoing development of the next version of Debian has moved into a new phase where the focus will be on bug-fixing and polishing the distribution ready for release at some point in the future.
The freeze means that it is now possible to see what features Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" will have. According to the announcement, "Squeeze" will feature a Linux 2.6.32 kernel as it's default in the installer and on all architectures. For desktop environments, "Squeeze" will have KDE 4.4.5, GNOME 2.30.0, LXDE 0.5.0, XFCE 4.6.2 available, backed up with X.org 7.5 and including OpenOffice 3.2.1. Server applications such as Apache 2.2.16, PHP 5.3.2, MySQL 5.1.48, PostgreSQL 8.4.4 and Samba 3.4 will be available. Developers will find interpreters and compilers for Python 2.6 and 3.1, Perl 5.10, GHC 6.12 and GCC 4.4 are included.
"Squeeze" will also be accompanied by variants based on the FreeBSD kernel for 32 and 64-bit x86 systems using GNU libc and a GNU userland. This version will be appearing as a "technology preview" but the developers believe it is the first time that a Linux distribution has been extended to allow the use of a non-Linux kernel.