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5 Key Things to Know About Debian 6.0 'Squeeze'

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Squeeze is the nickname of the latest Debian release (version 6.0). A new release of the well known and widely used Linux distro is a big deal. Ubuntu fans may be used to installing a new version what seems like every few minutes, but Debian moves to an altogether slower beat. Everything in a new release is thoroughly tried and tested, which explains why the last version -- Debian 5.0 "Lenny" -- debuted almost exactly two years ago.

Squeeze was officially released on February 6th, and here the 5 most important things to know about it:

1. Squeeze Isn't Exclusively Linux

One thing that's unusual about Squeeze is that it comes in two flavors: Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. The latter is a "technology preview" server OS release for the 32- and 64-bit PC platforms, and it grafts the Debian userland onto the FreeBSD kernel instead of the Linux one. "The support of common server software is strong and combines the existing features of Linux-based Debian versions with the unique features known from the BSD world," is how Debian puts it. One advantage of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, which may be more valuable when the variant becomes more mainstream, is support for the Zettabyte filesystem (ZFS).

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