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Debian wheezy: java security update, gnome-open problem workaround

After the initial rush of packages, things have slowed down a bit on the wheezy/sid front. The only notable update in the meantime has been new sun-java6-jdk 6.24 which fixes no less than 21 security bugs! You'll definitely want to pull that one and patch the numerous security holes.

Xorg set of packages is getting cleanup up (dependencies and stuff). libmaypole-perl has been dropped (before I even got a chance to play with it). Audacious is uninstallable right now, unless you decide to keep libavutil49 package (which got pushed out of the archive). I'm the CLI type of guy, so mplayer will do in the meantime, until audacity is installable again. BTW, I also use and endorse debian-multimedia packages, so please don't be mad if I accidentally comment on some package that is not even in the official repository. I've been using debian-multimedia so long, I don't even know which packages I get from them and which from the official repository.

I've also noticed slight instability with nVidia binary drivers (Xid errors in kernel log), probably connected to the recent Xorg upgrade (or new flash plugin?). So, today I installed their brand new 270.26 beta driver, we'll see if it fixes the regression. Although I would prefer to run open source graphics card driver, it seems I don't really have a choice at this time with my GeForce 9500 GT, at least until Nouveau adds support for nVidia 9xxx generation of cards. BTW, I still keep libcairo2 downgraded (for performance reasons).

Living on the bleeding edge: Debian wheezy/sid

Hello world!

I've decided to start this blog and share my experience with Debian sid/unstable, the development version of Debian GNU/Linux. It's the leading edge, but sometimes also the bleeding edge of Debian development. The stuff that enters this fast developing repository spends anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years in it before average Linux user sees it in form of a polished stable release (Debian, Ubuntu or some other Debian Pure Blend).

So, with Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" released exactly 7 days ago, there has been an avalanche of new software in sid, all the stuff that has been patiently waiting for the stable release to happen before it's pushed to the new unstable branch that will become Debian wheezy in about 2 years. Ubuntu users will no doubt see the software slightly sooner, but for the adventurous of us, even that would be too late. ;)

Most notable additions in sid at the time of this writing are LibreOffice 3.3.1~rc1, Ghostscript 9.01, Xorg 7.6, but also many other applications and libraries got upgraded to newer versions. Right now, I have no outright broken/uninstallable packages (of about 5200 installed on this desktop system). But, of course, there are some bugs that lurk in this heavy developmental distribution, which is the exact reason that prompted me to start this blog. To share my experience with others, and sometimes even ask for help from fellow Debian unstable users.

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