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…

The Debian Installer team has been release on September 9th the installer for Debian 7.0 codename Wheey.

The second beta release of Debian 7.0 has many improvements:

  • espeakup: Fix voice path according to multiarch switch (#682313). This fixes the failure to switch languages.
  • grub-installer: Fix /proc mounting code to use linprocfs on GNU/kFreeBSD (#613430). This fixes the failure to find a GRUB device on those systems.
  • mountmedia: Fix hang due to trying to mount extended partitions (#683849).
  • linux kernel: Updated from 3.2.21-3 to 3.2.23-1.
  • netcfg:
    • List available ESSIDs (#637128).
    • Improve support for s390 and s390x.
  • silo: Continue Reading…

The Debian Project has announced the launch of a new artwork contest for version 7.0 of its Linux distribution, code-named “Wheezy“. The project’s developers are seeking proposals from contributors for a variety of graphics and other artwork that will make up the look and feel of the next Debian operating system release.

 

Suggested ideas for theme submissions include “Blue Debian” & “Debian Universal”, as well as “Night” & “Space”. Graphics necessary for these include Boot Screen Images, artwork for the Debian Installer as well as a Desktop Wallpaper. However, users are not necessary to have all of these parts to make their submission â�� ought to an incomplete submission be selected, the submitter will be asked to add any missing parts. Existing proposals are available online on the DebianArt/Themes page.

The Debian Project has announced the launch of a used artwork contest for version 7.0 of its Linux distribution, code-named “Wheezy”. The project’s developers are seeking proposals from contributors for a variety of graphics & other artwork that will make up the look & feel of the next Debian operating technique release.

Further information about the contest, including a list of requirements, can be found on the Artwork for Wheezy wiki page. Those with questions are asked to post them to the debian-desktop mailing list. The current stable release is Debian 6.0.4.

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