Emdebian Grip 1.0 (lenny) released
February 14th, 2009
The Emdebian Project is very pleased to announce the
official release of two flavours of Embedded Debian - Emdebian Grip 1.0
and Emdebian Crush 1.0, each based on
Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed
after several years of constant development.
Emdebian GNU/Linux Grip 1.0 (based on Debian 5.0
A small Debian-compatible Emdebian installation
Emdebian Grip 1.0 (lenny) is a smaller Debian that is
binary compatible with Debian and based around a small set of Debian
packages intended for embedded machines. Emdebian Grip 1.0 provides
complete repositories of packages for seven architectures (i386, amd64,
powerpc, arm, armel, mips and mipsel), based on coreutils, glibc and
perl. Grip includes support for standard Debian tools like debootstrap
and debian-installer and no functional changes compared to Debian
Installations of Emdebian Grip 1.0 will work with standard Debian tools like debootstrap, debian-installer and maybe debian-live - as long as the device has enough space to generate such systems.
Emdebian Grip can support building packages (although this currently
requires using packages from Debian and is untested) and can be
installed as a simple migration from Debian in the normal ways. Indeed,
the recommended way to install Emdebian Grip 1.0 is to use the Debian 5.0
lenny installer in Automatic Installation mode to install a
Debian base system and use pre-seeding to migrate to Grip during the
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) includes the new ARM EABI port,
This new port provides a more efficient use of both modern and future ARM
processors. As a result, the old ARM port (arm) has now been deprecated
for both Debian and Emdebian Grip.
This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as the Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment, X.Org 7.3, Iceweasel (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6), Linux kernel version 2.6.26, Python 2.5.2 and 2.4.6, Perl 5.10.0 and more than 1,000 other ready to use software packages.
With the integration of X.org 7.3 the X server autoconfigures itself with most hardware. Newly introduced packages allow the full support of NTFS filesystems or the usage of most multimedia keys out of the box. Overall improvements for notebooks have been introduced, like out of the box support of CPU frequency scaling.
Further improvement regarding the security of the system include the installation of available security updates before the first reboot by the installation system, the reduction of setuid root binaries and open ports in the standard installation as well as building several security-critical packages with GCC Hardening features. Various applications have specific improvements, too.
For non native English speaking users the package management systems now support translated package descriptions which will automatically show the description of a package in the native language of the user if available.
Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from various installation media such as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network. XFCE is the default desktop environment for Emdebian Grip 1.0.
The installation process for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 has been improved in many ways: among many other improvements, firmware required by some devices can be loaded by using removable media and installations via braille display are supported. The installer boot process has also received much attention: a graphical menu can be used to choose front-ends and desktop environments, and to select expert or rescue mode. The installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now been translated to 63 languages.
Debian GNU/Linux can be downloaded right now via bittorrent (the recommended way), jigdo or HTTP; see Debian GNU/Linux on CDs for further information. The recommended media for Emdebian Grip is USB stick. It will soon be available on DVD, CD-ROM and Blu-ray Disc from numerous vendors, too.
Upgrades to Emdebian Grip GNU/Linux 1.0 from the previous Debian releases, are automatically handled by the apt package management tool for most configurations. As always, Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the release notes for possible issues and for detailed instructions on installing and upgrading.
- Full release title:
- Emdebian GNU/Linux Grip 1.0 (based on Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "lenny").
- Short release name:
- Emdebian Grip 1.0 (lenny)
- Common release names:
- Emdebian Grip or Grip (lenny)
Please use these names if promoting the releases elsewhere.
Grip and Crush are a play on words for the next Debian release -
squeeze. Emdebian will continue to use the Grip and Crush titles
for future releases and will continue to use the unstable, testing and
stable suite names. Future releases are intended to continue following
Debian in the codenames (lenny, squeeze etc.) and be tied firmly to
Debian release schedules.
More information: http://www.emdebian.org/grip/.
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
Lenny is dedicated to Thiemo Seufer, a
Debian Developer who died on December 26th, 2008 in a tragic car accident.
Thiemo was involved in Debian and Emdebian in many ways. He has
maintained several packages and was the main supporter of the Debian port
to the MIPS architectures. He was also a member of our kernel team,
as well as a member of the Debian Installer team. His contributions
reached far beyond the Debian project. He also worked on the MIPS port
of the Linux kernel, the MIPS emulation of qemu, and far too many smaller
projects to be named here.
Thiemo's work, dedication, broad technical knowledge and ability to share this with others will be missed. The contributions of Thiemo will not be forgotten. The high standards of Thiemos work make it hard to pick up.
Thiemo also contributed to Emdebian and so the first ever release of Emdebian to be available on MIPS (Grip 1.0) is also dedicated to his memory.
Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.
The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible. Debian 5.0 is another important step in that direction.
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