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Looking at Lenny: hands on with Debian 5.0

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The Debian development community has officially released version 5.0 of the venerable open source Linux distribution. The new version, which is codenamed Lenny, includes updated software, security enhancements, and improved hardware support.

Debian is known for its broad architecture support, lengthy development cycles, and strong ideological commitment to software freedom. Debian provides the foundation for many popular derivatives, including Ubuntu and Knoppix. The Debian project has attracted an enormous community of free software enthusiasts and has become one of the largest community-driven distributions in existence. Despite its declining relevance on the desktop, it is an essential part of the Linux software ecosystem and continues to serve an important function for its downstream partners.

Debian 5, which has been under development for almost two years, includes over 23,000 software packages and is supported on 12 architectures including x86, AMD64, Sparc, PowerPC, and MIPS. Version 5 introduces a new ARM port that is designed to take advantage of modern ARM processors.

"The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base."

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