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[vox] Re: [vox-tech] Debian Woody Officially Released
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[vox] Re: [vox-tech] Debian Woody Officially Released

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begin Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com> 
> Quoting Matt Roper (matt@mattrope.com):
> > Anybody who uses Debian will probably be happy to hear that Woody (3.0)
> > was officially released today and replaces Potato as the "stable"
> > distribution.  Only two and a half months late...
> But the point is that, from the viewpoint of running systems, your news
> we're supposed to be "happy" about amounted to no change at all:
> Systems that were running Debian-stable yesterday are still running

you're right that not much has changed.  in fact, no packages on my
systems have been updated since yesterday.  kinda disappointing.  :)

but that does _not_ mean there's no cause to celebrate.  in fact, i
think it's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate -- the arrival of a new
debian stable release.

we often celebrate things which really don't mean much in a "real"
sense.   take birthdays.   what does your n'th birthday represent?   it
represents n * 365 (sometimes less, sometimes more) days since you were
born.  that seems significant until you start to wonder what a day is.

a day represents 1/365 of the distance the earth travels around the
sun.  sometimes less, sometimes more.

what birthdays really represent is the fact that the earth has reached
the same point in its orbit n times.  but even that's a crock, because
the gregorian calendar isn't exact.  so you're really celebrating the
fact that the earth has been "somewhere around the neighborhood" of
where it was when you were born n times.

viewed this way, a birthday is a very boring and sterile event.  but it
still has symbolic meaning to humans who grow up on terra.

i know you know all this.  what i'm trying to say is i think we should
be happy that woody has been released.  go ahead and pop open some brut,
or perhaps a beer.   let's have a party.

it's a wonderful time to reflect:

1. we've been blessed with the coolest OS on earth.
2. we've been blessed with the coolest friends.
3. debian has reached a new milestone in its history: its 3'rd birthday.

maybe we can celebrate by having a toy story or toy story 2 party
somewhere.   my livingroom can seat 3 comfortably or up to 5.  anyone
else with a DVD player and a larger living room who can donate space for
a toy story party?

i can bring some homebrewed british nut-brown ale...


> Debian-stable.  Those running Debian-testing yesterday are still 
> running Debian-testing.  And the bleeding-edge people who were running
> Debian-unstable ("sid") aren't bleeding any more or less than they were
> yesterday.
> Basically, the only people affected are those using installation-disk 
> sets, and all this means is that they can now get official sets instead
> of unofficial ones.  Which probably work about the same as they did
> yesterday, actually.
> You want to _really_ see what the news item means?  Look here at 
> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/ (using a real ftp client that shows
> symlinks, not a Web browser):
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    6 Jul 12 19:49 Debian2.2r7 -> potato
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    5 Jul 19 20:22 Debian3.0r0 -> woody
> -rw-rw-r--  1 1176  1176  400 Jul 19 18:44 README
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176   23 Jul 19 20:22 old-proposed-updates -> potato-proposed-updates
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    6 Jul 19 20:22 oldstable -> potato
> drwxr-xr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 12 16:16 potato
> drwxrwsr-x  2 1176  1176 8192 Jul 19 19:52 potato-proposed-updates
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176   22 Jul 19 20:22 proposed-updates -> woody-proposed-updates
> drwxrwsr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 19 19:52 sarge
> drwxrwsr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 19 19:52 sarge-proposed-updates
> drwxrwsr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 19 19:52 sid
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    5 Jul 19 20:22 stable -> woody
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    5 Jul 19 20:22 testing -> sarge
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176   22 Jul 19 20:22 testing-proposed-updates -> sarge-proposed-updates
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 1176  1176    3 Dec 15  2001 unstable -> sid
> drwxrwsr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 19 19:03 woody
> drwxrwsr-x  5 1176  1176 4096 Jul 19 19:52 woody-proposed-updates
> Basically, all they did was repoint those symlinks, overnight.  
> Yesteday, it was:
>    stable -> potato
>    testing -> woody
>    unstable -> sid
> That's pretty much all that happened, along with taking a snapshot of
> the state of woody at that moment, to pass to CD-duplicators as the 
> Official Debian 3.0r0 snapshot image.
> (Remember, CDs are just a convenience:  Debian is defined by what's on
> the package mirrors, which changes incrementally daily.)
> -- 
> Cheers,            There are only 10 types of people in this world -- 
> Rick Moen          those who understand binary arithmetic and those who don't.
> rick@linuxmafia.com
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