A recent report from eWeek Europe said the newest version of Debian, dubbed Squeeze, offers advanced opportunities for technology sharing. These capabilities are possible, the report said, because of the platform's FreeBSD kernel and support for a diverse range of technological architecture.
According to the report, previous versions of Debian were capable of supporting 12 different processor architectures. Debian 6 has added compatibility for 32- and 64-bit architectures. As a result, technology sharing is especially easy between Linux distributions and should provide new focus areas for open source development, the report said.
The report said the 32- and 64-bit architectures in the FreeBSD kernel are its most important new development. Debian's work to integrate the FreeBSD kernel in its systems has enabled the operating system, which is often used to create a Debian VPS, to engage in the most advanced features of current Linux kernels while maintaining compatibility with older Debian systems.
According to a recent report from the Register, Debian 6 offers such an advanced platform that it negates the necessity of using Ubuntu. In previous iterations, Ubuntu would essentially serve as a more polished version of Debian. With Debian 6, the report said advances have been made that negate the dependence on Ubuntu for advanced features.