Wednesday, 1 June 2011


Since we have people posting to various lists for the correct format for an /etc/apt/sources.list file, here's one including the non-free repositories (which are not part of Debian proper but provided for the convenience of Debian users). Hope this helps somebody sometime.


deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free

deb squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib non-free

deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

and, of course, it wrapped in the browser. There's a single space between squeeze and main and between main and contrib and between contrib and non-free for example. There are six lines in total - three pairs.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Engaged to be married

A heads up to my Debian family - before I get to tell some of my other family :) I'm engaged to a wonderful girl. We've known each other off and on for almost 30 years, having met on the first day at university.

Lots of life has happened in the middle - including Debian - but we're now very happily together again.


Saturday, 5 February 2011

Debian 6.0 release is happening now

Debian Squeeze 6.0

As predicted - the release is starting this weekend 5/6 February 2011. IRC channels are starting to buzz -- #debian-release - and there's also a live commentary session at

For many people, this is yawn-worthy: Debian stable is seen as old, outdated, outmoded. This is the climax of two years work.

Debian 6.0 will be supported for the lifetime of this release + one year if the past few releases are a guide.

A wrap up release 5.0.9 is planned for the previous Debian 5.0 [Etch Lenny] which will be supported for another year.

Debian works on many machine architectures: it's the upstream for Ubuntu and many other Debian derivatives: it works in many languages, has 1034 developers and maintainers maintaining 28693 packages [last number may vary fractionally depending on machine/architecture].

This is big - and I'm pleased and proud to be part of it. Oh, and there's now over 80 parties worldwide to celebrate :)

[UPDATE - Thanks to my colleagues who pointed out my mistake - Debian 4.0 was Etch, 5.0 is Lenny, 6.0 is Squeeze and 7.x will be Wheezy. Developer/maintainer and party numbers also updated]

Monday, 24 January 2011

Debian 6.0 [Squeeze] nearly due

Debian 6.0 is scheduled to be released on the weekend of the 5th/6th February 2011 - almost two years after the last release on Valentine's day 2009.

I've just reformatted and re-installed a netbook. I'm very pleased to say that the installation was flawless and I've gained a clean installation with KDE 4.

I'm proud, as ever, to be associated with such a great family of developers.