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Debian 7.0 Wheezy with multiarchitecture and installation in blind mode

After two more years of development, the Debian Project has finally issued the release its next major stable release of the popular operating system Debian 7.0 (code-named “Wheezy”). The new version has some interesting features, such as support multiarchitecture and special tools for deploying private clouds .

Multiarchitecture means that users can be installed on the same machine packets from different architectures – and they will normally operate in a parallel mode. For example, you can set with 32-bit and 64-bit programs, and all relevant dependencies are properly installed in the automatic mode.


Significantly has improved is the installation process: Debian can now be installed even with voice recognition, that is, generally without having to touch the mouse or keyboard. The system installer is available for 73 languages, with more than ten supported by the speech recognition system.

On top of everything else, Debian supports the installation and booting via UEFI on the new 64-bit computers, although Secure Boot is not supported yet.

Updated Software packages

  • Apache 2.2.22
  • Asterisk
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • GNOME 3.4 desktop environment
  • GNU Compiler Collection 4.7.2
  • Icedove 10 (nebrendingovaya version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
  • Iceweasel 10 (nebrendingovaya version of Mozilla Firefox)
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces with KDE Applications 4.8.4
  • The core kFreeBSD 8.3 and 9.0
  • LibreOffice 3.5.4
  • Linux 3.2
  • MySQL 5.5.30
  • Nagios 3.4.1
  • OpenJDK 6b27, and 7u3
  • Perl 5.14.2
  • PHP 5.4.4
  • PostgreSQL 9.1
  • Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3
  • Samba 3.6.6
  • Tomcat 6.0.35 and 7.0.28
  • Xen Hypervisor 4.1.4
  • Xfce 4.8 desktop environment
  • X.Org 7.7

Wheezy released a lot more softwares than its predecessor, Squeeze. The distribution includes over 12800 new packages, for a total of over 37493. Most of the software in the distribution has been updated: over 20160 software packages (this is 70% of the packages Squeeze). Also, for various reasons, many packages (over 4125, 14% of the packages squeeze) have been removed from the distribution. These packages will not be updated for these packages and they will be marked as “obsolete┬╗ (obsolete).

Debian – a universal system that is equally well suited for servers, desktops, laptops and PDAs. The following architectures: PC 32-bit / Intel IA-32 (i386), PC 64-bit / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), Motorola / IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun / Oracle SPARC (sparc), MIPS ( mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian)), Intel Itanium (ia64), IBM S/390 (32-bit s390 and 64-bit s390x), ARM EABI (armel for the older iron and armhf for a new with hardware floating point).

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