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Debian 3.1, codenamed Sarge, has been released on Monday after nearly three years of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of eleven processor architectures, ranging from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between, and the installation is available in about thirty languages, just to give you an idea about the size of Debian.

This release includes a number of up-to-date large software packages, such as the K Desktop Environment 3.3 (KDE), the GNOME desktop environment 2.8, the GNUstep desktop, XFree86 4.3.0, GIMP 2.2.6, Mozilla 1.7.8, Thunderbird 1.0.2, Firefox 1.0.4, Perl 5.8.4 and much more.

The upgrade of my firewall took over one hour and went reasonably well, though not as smooth as anticipated : the upgrade process wanted to remove some packages, but that was quickly sorted out. Shorewall and Squid had their minor problems as they were not trivially upgradable, but these issues are now solved too. There's only one problem left with pppd and a deprecated configuration setting, but that doesn't interfere with a normal operation.