1. Wider accessibility

Installing Debian Wheezy is now easier than ever because of the new installer that offers better accessibility as well as other benefits. The system is available to be installed in 73 languages now, and more others are available.

“Debian can now be installed using software speech, above all by visually impaired people who do not use a Braille device,” the project team explained in the official release announcement.

2. Debian Wheezy have UEFI support

With version 7.0, Debian supports for the first time installation and booting using the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) for new 64-bit PCs (amd64).

3. Multiarch capability

One of the main release goals for Wheezy was that it allow Debian wheezy users to install packages from multiple architectures on the same machine, also known as “multiarch” support. This means that you can now, for the first time, install both 32- and 64-bit software on the same machine and have all the relevant dependencies correctly resolved, automatically,” the project team explained.

4. A raft of updated packages

Among numerous newly updated packages in Debian 7.0 are Linux 3.2, GNOME 3.4, KDE 4.8.4, GIMP 2.8.2, LibreOffice 3.5.4, Apache 2.2.22, MySQL 5.5.30, and Samba 3.6.6. Also available are more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, the project notes.

5. Broad hardware support

Last but not least, it’s worth noting that “you can install Debian on computers ranging from handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between,” as the project team puts it. Specifically, a total of nine hardware architectures are supported in this Debian release, including 32-bit PC/Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC/Intel EM64T/x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun/Oracle SPARC (sparc), and Intel Itanium (ia64). Continue Reading…


On May 4th 2013, Debian Team announced the release of the Debian 7.0 called Wheezy after many months of development. This new Debian version includes numerous features as multiarch support, several specific tools to deploy private clouds, an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party repositories.

This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as:

  • Apache 2.2.22
  • Asterisk
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.4
  • GNU Compiler Collection 4.7.2
  • Icedove 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
  • Iceweasel 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.8.4
  • kFreeBSD kernel 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
  • the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment
  • X.Org 7.7
  • more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from nearly 17,500 source packages.

You can find more just by reading the official announcement from here: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504?utm_source=feedly


The Debian developers have been working hard to release the next version of the distro called Wheezy. They have targeted the date 4th or 5th May 2013 for the Debian 7.0 – Wheezy Release. They are making the final tweaks for a first Wheezy release.

Debian Team:

We now have a target date of the weekend of 4th/5th May for the release.
We have checked with core teams, and this seems to be acceptable for
everyone.  This means we are able to begin the final preparations for a
release of Debian 7.0 - "Wheezy".

The intention is only to lift the date if something really critical pops
up that is not possible to handle as an errata, or if we end up
technically unable to release that weekend (e.g. a required machine
crashes or d-i explodes in a giant ball of fire). Every other RC fix
that does not make it in time will be r1 material. Please be sure to
contact us about the RC fixes you would like included in the point
release! Continue Reading...

Today was released the first RC for Debian 7.0 aka Wheezy.

Improvements in this release of the installer

  • brltty:
    • Fix support for the theme=dark accessibility option (#696972).
    • Enable orca in gnome3 sessions too.

    Please note: the gdm3 prompt isn’t accessible (#694937).

  • cdebconf:
    • Fix display of info messages (e.g. Rescue mode in the banner).
    • Improve speech synthesis support.
  • debconf: Fix misleading man-db title for GRUB prompt (#679327).
  • debian-cd:
    • Improve GRUB menus used when booting in UEFI mode so they match up better with the equivalent syslinux menus.
    • Change the default UEFI display resolution to 800×600 for maximum compatibility.
    • Fix README.html generation (#699198).
  • debian-installer-utils: Fix procfs mounting on GNU/kFreeBSD (#696901).
  • grub2:
    • Improve support for EFI installs: make sure /boot/grub exists, and copy unicode.pf2 there (#696962, #661789).
    • Fix infinite recursion in gettext when translation fails (#611537 and many others).
  • lowmem: Adjust lowmem limit for GNU/kFreeBSD needed for ZFS volumes (#696786).
  • mountmedia:
    • Revert kernel bug workaround (#694082).
    • Firmware loading issues should disappear accordingly.
  • netcfg: Write network-manager configuration (included wireless settings when applicable) if it’s found in the installed system; configure ifupdown for wired networking otherwise (#682608).
  • oldsys-preseed:
    • Ignore a missing gateway with DHCP (#687212).
    • Use netcfg/disable_autoconfig instead of netcfg/disable_dhcp (#689531).
  • preseed: Deal with URLs that consist of an unqualified machine name and a port (#695908).
  • qcontrol: Disable firmware watchdog on TS-219p II and TS-419p II (#693263).
  • rootskel: Use the same keymap in the virtual consoles as the one selected in the graphical installer (#606395).
  • xorg-server: Avoid cursor jumps in VirtualBox (#694598).

Hardware support changes

  • linux: Add many drivers to the installer: 8021q, adm8211, at76c50x-usb, b43legacy, bnx2fc, cxgb4, cxgb4vf, fnic, igbvf, int51x1, isci, iwl4965, ixgbevf, libertas_tf_usb, micrel, mlx4_en, mwifiex_pcie, mwl8k, orinoco_usb, pata_piccolo, pch_gbe, pmcraid, prism2_usb, qlge, r8187se, r8192e_pci, r8712u, rtl8192ce, rtl8192cu, rtl8192de, rtl8192se, smsc75xx, smsc9420, smsc95xx, tehuti, ums-eneub6250, ums-realtek, vt6656_stage, vxge (#686605, #689159, #690886, #694348, #695437).
  • linux: Add Ralink wifi device IDs: 5362, 5392, 539b (#694312).
  • linux: Add support for Lenovo 10/100 Ethernet USB dongle (#696248).

You can find more info on http://www.debian.org website.

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