Debian changes default desktop environment from GNOME to Xfce

Almost in silence, Debian oldtimer Joey Hess made a commit that will switch default desktop task from GNOME to Xfce in Debian's forthcoming 7.0 Wheezy release. And that was an excellent choice, if I may add!

Debian wheezy: Perl 5.12, X Server 1.10, Nvidia 270.41.06, Java 6.25, Glibc 2.13

This past week has been quite turbulent for Debian wheezy. Mostly because of the great Perl upgrade from 5.10 to 5.12. This included rebuilding of hundreds of Perl modules to play well with new version of Perl. Most of the time I had all this stuff put on hold, and only yesterday have I found guts to digest all 300 of new packages. For one day I was without trusty pidgin, but today even that popular messenger has been recompiled to work with Perl 5.12.


Debian wheezy: GCC 4.6 now default

GCC 4.6 is now the default compiler in wheezy. This is what gcc --version says:

% gcc --version
gcc (Debian 4.6.0-6) 4.6.1 20110428 (prerelease)


Debian wheezy: lots of fixes, new stuff

This last week has been fun. Lots of stuff has been fixed. Let's start with the packaging system...

The packaging system


Debian wheezy: dpkg/dselect

Been a long time since last report. And there are some good reasons for that. Debian wheezy has progressed at a slower pace, with mostly incremental updates. On the bright side, there has not been any real breakage in the last two weeks. Iceweasel 4 (still from is up to RC1, and it has been running great. packages are no longer packaged. Actually, they have been converted to empty transitional packages to ease the upgrade to LibreOffice. And more than 60 new Perl modules have found a way to wheezy, Perl packaging team is certainly doing a great job.


Debian wheezy: GCC 4.5.2, Berkeley DB 5.1, GMP 5.0.1

Here's just a short notice that GCC/G++ 4.5.2 is now the default compiler in Wheezy. To test it, I've just recompiled the kernel (Linus' 2.6.37), and it's working great. Berkeley DB libdb-dev now depends on libdb5.1-dev instead of libdb4.8-dev. And finally, GMP (GNU multiprecision arithmetic library) is up to 5.0.1.


Debian wheezy: Iceweasel 4 beta 12

Iceweasel 4 betas are still not in the unstable repository, but as I've seen that people of do a fine job packaging Firefox betas, I decided to switch from official Firefox betas to Iceweasel Debian package. Although still at beta stage, Firefox 4 does work stable and is also quite faster than Iceweasel 3. IMHO.


Debian wheezy: Postfix 2.8.0, LibreOffice 3.3.1

Once again, things have slowed down. But, the news are mostly good, most if not all of the breakage reported 5 days ago has now been fixed. libpackage-stash-perl does not make trouble anymore. In fact, libnamespace-clean-perl was the one that had to be upgraded to fix the situation (#614597). Also, all the GNOME components that depended on (already removed) old evolution libraries have been fixed, so the GNOME is now in good shape.


Debian wheezy: python 3.2, codeblocks and some breakage

My, oh, my, how things have changed in just 2 days. In contrast to my last blog entry where I stated that things have calmed down, today the picture is quite different.


Debian wheezy: new kernel 2.6.37, evince and audacious fixed

Debian Wheezy is getting in a better shape every day, evince and audacious are installable again. For those of you who use Debian official kernel, probably the biggest news is new 2.6.37 kernel with accompanying modules. I compile my own kernels, so can't really comment on features and stability of the official kernel.

For AMD Radeon users, new version of xserver-xorg-video-radeon 6.14.0-1 could be interesting. Unfortunately, I don't own any Radeon card at the moment, though it might change in the near future.



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