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Debian Weekly News - June 9th, 2008

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Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.

Some of the topics covered in this issue:

  • Release Update

  • Beta-2 of the Lenny Debian Installer released
  • Report from LinuxTag 2008
  • Call for help by the german translation team
  • ... and much more.

Release Update

Marc Brockschmidt reported about the status of the upcoming stable release. After some major transitions, like the ocaml transition Lenny is in good shape, but still a lot of work needs to be done. Since the armel architecture made great improvements the release team decided to upgrade it to a proper release architecture.
Regarding Lenny the Qt/KDE Packaging Team decided that the upcoming release will be shipped with KDE 3.5.9 (and with the KDE 4.1 development platform: kde4libs, kdepimlibs and kdebase-runtime).

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Also: Lenny won’t ship rng

And: Debian Weather is back

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