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"The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems.
Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included..."
Over the last few weeks I have been building a bunch of Debian packages (aka debs) for a new Ubuntu server roll out. I will outline how to build a simple package which pulls in a couple of useful packages.
The OpenSSH package in the Debian 4.0 "Etch" Linux distribution has been found to still have a vulnerability which may lead to a deliberate or accidental denial of service. Debian has released an update to its OpenSSH packages to remedy the issue.
"This article will show how you can rebuild any debian package. You might need to rebuild a package for various reasons: add/remove some compilation options, make some changes to the sources, or compile a newer version from testing/sid into stable, etc. Regardless of your reason, this can be done very easy using debian tools..."
This really quick and dirty way to create your own Debian or Ubuntu packages can be done by anyone with little previous package creation experience. Even if you've never even compiled an application, I'll show you just how easy it is to download source code, compile the program and bundle everything up in a .deb package you can share with anyone.
"...'Etch and a half' is Debian’s desire to support hardware that requires updated drivers. This marks the first time the Debian project updates several core packages in its stable distribution without security implications and demonstrates its huge dedication for their users..."