Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 -- Etch-And-A-Half Release Notes


Additional packages have been added in the Debian 4.0r4 point release to increase the set of hardware supported by Debian 4.0 (etch). This includes packages based upon the Linux 2.6.24 kernel and additional drivers for the X window system. Installation of these additional packages is not required and will not occur by default. This update represents no change to the support of previously available packages.

The existing 2.6.18-based kernel will continue to be the default kernel for the etch release.

Newly available packages

Updated etch packages

Some existing etch packages have been updated to add support for new hardware and for compatibility with the 2.6.24 kernel:

Installing the Etch-And-A-Half release

Starting from this release, there are now two methods for installing the 4.0 (etch) release of Debian.

  1. Install using Debian 4.0 (etch) installer
    If your hardware is sufficiently supported by the standard etch installer you may choose to use standard etch install media to initially install your system and then later migrate to the etch-and-a-half kernel. This option is best for users who already have a system installed with etch or do not wish to obtain new installation media but would like to add additional hardware that is only supported by the etch-and-a-half kernel.
    Information on obtaining and using the Debian 4.0 (etch) installer is available here.
  2. Install using current Debian lenny installer
    Beginning with Beta 2, the lenny installer features an install kernel that is very similar to the etch-and-a-half kernel and has a compatibility mode for installing the etch release. This option is best for users with hardware that is supported by the etch-and-a-half kernel but is not supported by the default etch installer. Information on obtaining and using a lenny-based installer to install etch-and-a-half is available here.


Hardware-specific Notes