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Debian comes out to play

Linux distributor Debian has finally released the fourth version of its GNU/Linux OS, codenamed Etch.

Linux distributor Debian has finally released the fourth version of its GNU/Linux OS, codenamed Etch.

The update has been eagerly anticipated by the open source community; Debian provides the foundation for over 30 other Linux distributions such as Freespire/Linspire, Knoppix, Ubuntu and Xandros.

The operating system supports a total of eleven processor architectures - including those from Sun, IBM, Intel and AMD - and comes with the KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 comes with out-of-the-box support for encrypted partitions, and introduces a newly developed graphical front-end to the installation system.

Debian said upgrades from its previous release Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, codenamed Sarge, were automatically handled by the aptitude package management toll for most configurations, and to a certain degree also by the apt-get package management tool.