Just in time for the Super Bowl Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) was released earlier today. I’ve been using it on multiple installations fr servers, desktops and laptop and I can report it is rock solid as we’ve come to expect from Debian. Hardware support is very broad (although I don’t know if Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge chipset is supported completely). The software collection is mostly up-to-date, with the exception of desktop environments that are a bit lagged behind (Gnome 2.30, KDE 4.4.5 and Xfce 4.6), all in the name of stability and safe migration from the current stable release.
If you’re planning to install Debian 6.0, please note that this is the first time Debian is releasing their mainline image with no non-free firmware images. This is done to make sure the image is true to the Debian spirit. The step may cause problems to users with hardware that includes non-free firmware (Broadcom NIC’s for example). It is recommended to use the Debian alternative CD or to checkout Debian’s Firmware page.
Debian also launched an updated website with a new branding and good accessibility. The look is refreshing, but a couple of things might be nice to add to the new site. First, it will be useful to link instructions about non-free firmware on the main page and the download links. Second, an official Virtualbox image of Debian would be much appreciated.
While for some people this mark the dist-upgrade season for their servers, I’m planning to move my laptop to the new testing repository and get the all the bleeding-edge latest software releases that were held up due to Squeeze release.
Congratulations to the entire Debian team for this achievement and happy installation for everyone.