For a few months now there has been an expected date of July 31 for the release of Debian 11 Bullseye. After the final stage of development for Debian 11 had been initiated last weekend with the »Full Freeze«, the developers have now set the date for the release on August 14th . As is tradition with Debian, the code name comes again from the Hollywood movie Toy Story. Bullseye is Sheriff Woody’s horse in Toy Story 2.
This means that Debian 11 appears as the 15th official release of the distribution around 25 months after Debian 10 “Buster” and thus remains within the usual framework of two years. longest to be released in 2005 Debian Sarge took the , which took 2.8 years. The new stable release of Debian is delivered in nine architectures with the current LTS kernel 5.10. The release contains over 13,370 new packages for a total of 57,703 packages. Over 35,530 software packages of the distribution were updated. In addition, 7,278 packages have been removed from the distribution for various reasons.
GNOME remains standard
In the desktop environment, Debian 11 comes with GNOME 3.38, KDE Plasma 5.20, LXDE 11, LXQt 0.16, MATE 1.24 and Xfce 4.16, among others. In the Office packages, LibreOffice has been updated to 7.0, while Calligra is shipped in version 3.2. Other updated packages are GCC 10.2, LLVM / Clang 9.0.1 and 11.0.1, Apache 2.4.46, Nginx 1.18, MariaDB 10.5, PHP 7.4, Perl 5.32, OpenSSH 8.4p1, OpenJDK 11, Python 3.9.1, Samba 4.13, Vim 8.2, Gimp 2.10.22 and Inkscape 1.0.2.
Printing without a driver
There are also some new features, such as printing without a driver using the package ipp-usb . This is a userspace driver for USB devices (printer, scanner, MFC) that supports the IPP-over-USB protocol and was developed by OpenPrinting . This allows these USB devices to be viewed as normal network printers. With Systemd, persistent logging per journal is activated by default for the first time.
In the Debian packages for Firefox and Chromium, DuckDuckGo will be preset as the default search engine. The Linux Terminal Server Project (LSTP) has been completely rewritten. Of course, Debian 11 also brings a new theme for the visual design that goes by the name of Homeworld .
If you want to take a look at Debian 11 now, you can do so with the , which was released in June Debian Installer Bullseye RC 2 . If you have already installed Debian, you can switching the source list to testing now switch to »Bullseye« by .