|Debian 7 Wheezy has been officially released yesterday and is now available for download. This new version of Debian includes several interesting features, such as multi-architecture support, various specific tools for deploying private cloud infrastructure, a improved installer, and a complete set of codecs and media players that eliminate the need for third-party repositories.|
Multi-architecture support allows Debian users to install packages for multiple architectures on the same machine. This means that it is now possible, for the first time, to install 32-bit and 64-bit software on the same system and have all relevant dependencies resolved automatically.
The installation process has been greatly improved: Debian can now be installed using speech synthesis software, for example for visually impaired people who do not use a Braille display. Thanks to the combined efforts of a large number of translators, the installation system is available in 73 languages, and more than a dozen of them can also be used with speech synthesis software.
Also, for the first time, Debian supports installation and booting using UEFI for new 64-bit PCs (amd64), although there is no support for "secure boot" (UEFI Secure Boot) yet.
Wheezy comes with the Linux 3.2 kernel. Regarding desktop environments we have GNOME 3.4, KDE 4.8 and Xfce 4.8, in addition to LXDE. This version includes a large number of updated software packages such as:
- Apache 2.2.22
- Asterisk 18.104.22.168
- GIMP 2.8.2
- the GNU 4.7.2 Compiler Collection
- Icedove and Iceweasel 10
- The kFreeBSD 8.3 and 9.0 kernels
- LibreOffice 3.5.4
- MySQL 5.5.30
- Nagios 3.4.1
- OpenJDK 6b27 and 7u3
- Perl 5.14.2
- PHP 5.4.4
- PostgreSQL 9.1
- Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3
- Samba 3.6.6
- Tomcat 6.0.35 and 7.0.28
- Xen Hypervisor 4.1.4
- X.Org 7.7
- more than 36.000 ready-to-use software packages, compiled from nearly 17.500 source packages.