Eeebuntu 4.0 to move to Debian
Eeebuntu founder Steve Wood has announced that the Eeebuntu project plans to move to Debian as the core for Eeebuntu 4.0. The upcoming 4.0 release will be built on Debian Unstable. Wood reasons that as Ubuntu itself is based on Debian Unstable, the "bloodline is proven". According to Wood, the change means that the team will "have more control of what is released" and "greater flexibility".
The project will be abandoning its previous bi-annual major update releases; the updates will now be on a rolling release schedule and an ISO file of the latest build will be created every quarter. The project will also be expanding its scope to not only cover Netbooks, but "the desktop in general". Wood notes that the "expected" release date for Eeebuntu 4.0 is the end of December 2009.
Several users have already posted replies to Wood's announcement post on the Eeebuntu forum enquiring about the project name. As it would no longer be based on Ubuntu, one user has already made what he considers to be an "obvious suggestion" of "Deeebian". Other users have posted similar suggestions, such as "Debeeean" and "Eeebian". In a reply to one user, Wood has said that, in order to remain "politics free", the development team will not be joining up with Debian's own EeePC efforts. It would seem likely that Canonical would object to the continued use of the current name.
Eeebuntu is a customised variant of Ubuntu for ASUS Eee PC Netbooks and won Best New Project at this years SourceForge Community Choice Awards. The latest 3.0 releases of Eeebuntu are based on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).