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Debian 11 "bullseye" is officially out now

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Seeing more than two years in development, the Debian team has announced the release of Debian 11 "bullseye" as their latest major stable upgrade. One of the most important Linux distributions around, which multiple others are based upon like Ubuntu. With it being a stable release it's going to be supported for at least 5 years.

Featuring major upgrades to various desktop environments here's what you can expect from it:

  • Gnome 3.38,
  • KDE Plasma 5.20,
  • LXDE 11,
  • LXQt 0.16,
  • MATE 1.24,
  • Xfce 4.16.

This is the first major Debian release to bring support for the exFAT filesystem through a newer Linux Kernel, there's a new "ipp-usb" package to support many more modern printers with driverless printing and scanning supported, systemd has its persistent journal feature activated by default, new packaging for software related to help fight COVID-19, better Wayland support for various Asian languages with a new Fcitx 5 input method and masses more. The Debian team noted there's around 11,294 new packages included with this release.

Full release notes available on the Debian website.

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slaapliedje 1 Sep, 2021
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Quoting: RedfaceThey do not need to pull upstream packages from Debian, its a choice, which prevents some duplicate work in creating the packages, and a way to get a overlap of the Debian and Ubuntu developers.
Without having the packages in sid as well new versions can be maintained in the Ubuntu repositories. Some of the community maintained packages might be dropped, or only available as a snap, but there are still enough packages in main to have a full distribution.

Uhm... pretty sure it isn't a choice at the moment, it's literally automated.

One of the things people forget.
Debian repositories are split up as such.
main, contrib, non-free.
These are all considered 'supported'. main is the stuff fully compliant with the DFSG, contrib are contributed by various Debian developers and are licensed in a way that they can't be in main. Like the game-data-packager, which is essentially a bunch of scripts for creating packages around games, like it'll package up quake4 for you as a .deb package you can then install and play.
Non-free is the completely non-free stuff, like the nvidia driver, where they aren't open source and such.

Then you have Ubuntu repositories.
Main (fully supported)
Universe, and multi-verse (which I can never remember which is which, but they're all considered unsupported packages.)
I want to say there was another, but it's been a while...

Then you have chrome/chromium being a forced snap.

But really what it comes down to is... who gives a shit what I say, use what makes you happy :)
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