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  • find out how to help and contribute to Debian
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Getting Debian 11 "bullseye" and tips

Debian 11 "bullseye" is the current stable release of the Debian operating system. It is supported on nine different CPU architectures. Visit https://www.debian.org/download to get an installer and links to documentation. Additionally there are live images available to try Debian without installing it. There are also Debian Official Cloud Images provided by the Debian Cloud Team on popular cloud marketplace listings.

Several options for support with Debian are available, including online via IRC, mailing lists, bug tracking system (BTS), and more.

Some facts and tips about Debian 11 "bullseye" include:
  • the open command will try and open a file with the right program
  • there are 31,387 source packages in Debian 11
  • Debian 11 uses the new "yescrypt" password hashing format by default
  • the systemd persistent journal is active in Debian 11 by default
  • scanner devices can be accessed with driverless scanning, thanks to the new "sane-airscan" package
  • Debian 11 is the first Debian release providing a Linux kernel which has support for the exFAT filesystem
  • the security suite is now named bullseye-security so users should adapt their APT source-list files and configuration accordingly when upgrading (more details in the Release Notes)
  • Debian supports the previous stable version for at least twelve months following a new release, before transitioning it to the LTS and eLTS teams for further maintenance
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Debian in 2022

Looking ahead at 2022, the 23rd Debian Conference, Debconf22, is scheduled to be held in Prizren, Kosovo from Sunday 2022-July-17th through 2022-July-24th. DebCamp will be held the week before, from July 10th through the 16th.

While the next stable release of Debian, codenamed "bookworm", will likely not be out until 2023, there has been significant work by the community.

Bookworm developments

  • The Technical Committee resolved that Debian "bookworm" should support only the merged-usr root filesystem layout
  • The tempfile and rename.ul programs have been removed (with replacements of mktemp and file-rename)
  • The which program has been deprecated (advised to use command -v or type instead)

Debian in 2021

Reviewing accomplishments in 2021 since the last FOSDEM, Debian 11 "bullseye" shipped on 2021-August-14th. Since then two point releases for Debian 11 have come out, most recently with 11.2 on 2021-December-18th.

Debian 10 "buster" continues to receive security and critical bug fixes, with four point release updates in 2021. Debian 10.11 was published 2021-October-9th.

Like FOSDEM21, Debconf21 took place virtually online from 2021-August-24 to 2021-August-28.

Debian bits from 2021

In addition to the highlights described above, there were many bits accomplished by the Debian community in 2021. Some include: