Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” Released

The release date of the “Wheezy” was set as May 4th/5th in mid-April. At the time it was announced that the core development team was confident of releasing the stable version during the first weekend of May. It was also announced that the release will only be withheld if some critical things pop-up at the last moment.

The new feature set of Debian 7.0 is extensive, the foremost being Multiarch support that would allow users to install both 32-bit and 64-bit software on the same system without having to worry about manually resolving the dependencies as they will be done automatically. Other features are improved installer, software speech support, cloud deployment improvements, and multimedia codecs among others.

A specific part in the announcement caught our attention which noted, “…for the first time, Debian supports installation and booting using UEFI for new 64-bit PCs (amd64), although there is no support for Secure Boot yet.”

The release also comes with quite a few updated packages including Apache 2.2.22, GIMP,, LibreOffice 3.5.4, PHP 5.4.4, PostgreSQL 9.1 among others.

Visit the release announcement for an exhaustive list of the Debian 7.0 changes.