Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze), Mips

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February 4th, 2011


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Reporting bugs on this document
1.2. Contributing upgrade reports
1.3. Sources for this document
2. What's new in Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
2.1. What's new in the distribution?
2.1.1. CDs, DVDs and BDs
2.1.2. Firmware moved to the non-free section
2.1.3. Package management
2.1.4. Dependency booting
2.1.5. Unified keyboard settings
2.1.6. Kernel mode setting
2.1.7. LDAP support
2.1.8. The stable-updates section
2.1.9. backports.org/backports.debian.org
2.2. Comprehensive support for neuroimaging research
3. Installation System
3.1. What's new in the installation system?
3.1.1. Major changes
3.1.2. Automated installation
4. Upgrades from Debian 5.0 (lenny)
4.1. Preparing for the upgrade
4.1.1. Back up any data or configuration information
4.1.2. Inform users in advance
4.1.3. Prepare for downtime on services
4.1.4. Prepare for recovery
4.1.5. Prepare a safe environment for the upgrade
4.1.6. Remove conflicting packages
4.2. Checking system status
4.2.1. Review actions pending in package manager
4.2.2. Disabling APT pinning
4.2.3. Checking packages status
4.2.4. The proposed-updates section
4.2.5. Unofficial sources and backports
4.3. Preparing sources for APT
4.3.1. Adding APT Internet sources
4.3.2. Adding APT sources for a local mirror
4.3.3. Adding APT source from CD-ROM or DVD
4.4. Upgrading packages
4.4.1. Recording the session
4.4.2. Updating the package list
4.4.3. Make sure you have sufficient space for the upgrade
4.4.4. Minimal system upgrade
4.4.5. Upgrading the kernel and udev
4.4.6. Upgrading the system
4.5. Possible issues during upgrade
4.5.1. cryptoloop support not included in the squeeze Linux kernel
4.5.2. Expected removals
4.5.3. Errors running aptitude or apt-get
4.5.4. Conflicts or Pre-Depends loops
4.5.5. File conflicts
4.5.6. Configuration changes
4.5.7. Change of session to console
4.5.8. Special care for specific packages
4.6. Upgrading your kernel and related packages
4.6.1. Installing the kernel metapackage
4.6.2. Device enumeration reordering
4.6.3. Boot timing issues (waiting for root device)
4.7. Preparing for the next release
4.8. Deprecated components
4.9. Obsolete packages
4.9.1. Dummy packages
5. Issues to be aware of for squeeze
5.1. Potential problems
5.1.1. Migration of disk drivers from IDE to PATA subsystem
5.1.2. mdadm metadata format change requires recent Grub
5.1.3. pam_userdb.so breakage with newer libdb
5.1.4. Potential issues with diversions of /bin/sh
5.1.5. Change in kernel policy regarding resource conflicts
5.2. LDAP support
5.3. sieve service moving to its IANA-allocated port
5.4. Security status of web browsers
5.5. KDE desktop
5.5.1. Upgrading from KDE 3
5.5.2. New KDE metapackages
5.6. GNOME desktop changes and support
5.6.1. GDM 2.20 and 2.30
5.6.2. Device and other administrative permissions
5.6.3. network-manager and ifupdown interaction
5.7. Graphics stack changes
5.7.1. Obsolete Xorg drivers
5.7.2. Kernel mode setting
5.7.3. Input device hotplug
5.7.4. X server zapping
5.8. Munin web path change
5.9. Shorewall upgrade instructions
6. More information on Debian GNU/Linux
6.1. Further reading
6.2. Getting help
6.2.1. Mailing lists
6.2.2. Internet Relay Chat
6.3. Reporting bugs
6.4. Contributing to Debian
A. Managing your lenny system before the upgrade
A.1. Upgrading your lenny system
A.2. Checking your sources list
A.3. Upgrade legacy locales to UTF-8
B. Contributors to the Release Notes
Index
Glossary