Debian release triggers distribution updates
The recent release of Debian 7.0, also known as "Wheezy", has triggered distribution updates of CrunchBang and aptosid. CrunchBang project leader Philip Newborough has moved CrunchBang 11 "Waldorf", which has been in development for over a year and according to Newborough is likely to be "the most thoroughly tested #! release to date", to stable status. Newborough, who is also known under his online handle of "corenominal", has rebuilt the images of CrunchBang 11 for the occasion of the Wheezy release and the new images can be downloaded from the CrunchBang site.
Similarly, the aptosid developers have released aptosid 2013-01 in preparation for Debian's unstable Sid branch to leave the feature freeze that it had been subjected to because of the release of Wheezy. aptosid 2013-01, code-named "Ἑσπερίδες" (Hesperides), introduces a Linux kernel based on the 3.9 upstream release, improved DisplayPort support for the internal graphics cards in Intel's Ivy Bridge chipsets and improved reliability when booting with UEFI firmware.
According to the aptosid developers, the end of the feature freeze for Sid means that "the following 2-3 weeks might be slightly more vibrant and potentially less coordinated than usual" as a number of "high impact changes" that were held up by the freeze period will hit the Sid repositories now. The next version of aptosid should therefore include updates to KDE 4.10.2, GRUB 2 and version 1.14.0 of the X.Org Server. Aptosid 2013-01 can be downloaded from a number of mirrors listed on the project's web site.