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Debian releases new stable version after two years of work

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The Debian GNU/Linux project, a community distribution, has released version 11 of its stable branch, Bullseye, after a little more than two years of development.

The last stable version, Buster, was released on 7 July 2019. Debian releases are named after characters from the Pixar film, Toy Story.

In a statement, the project said Bullseye would be supported for five years. It includes the following desktop environments: GNOME 3.38, KDE Plasma 5.20, LXDE 11, LXQt 0.16, MATE 1.24 and Xfce 4.16.

Debian, which has a community of more 1000 developers from around the world, supports more architectures than any other Linux distribution.

Bullseye supports nine architectures: 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit little-endian Motorola/IBM PowerPC (ppc64el), 64-bit IBM S/390 (s390x), for ARM, armel and armhf for older and more recent 32-bit hardware, plus arm64 for the 64-bit "AArch64" architecture, and for MIPS, mipsel (little-endian) architectures for 32-bit hardware and mips64el architecture for 64-bit little-endian hardware.

There are 11,294 new packages, bringing the total in the archives to 59,551 packages. More than 9519 packages have been marked "obsolete" and removed, while 42,821 packages have been updated and 5434 packages have stayed as such.

Bullseye is the first Debian release to provide a kernel with support for the exFAT filesystem and defaults to using it for mount exFAT filesystems. Thus, it is no longer required to use the filesystem-in-userspace implementation provided via the exfat-fuse package.

Tools for creating and checking an exFAT filesystem are provided in the exfatprogs package.

Debian has three streams of development. The stable version adds security updates during its lifetime; however, one is stuck with quite old software until a new version lands.

There is a second stream called testing, in which the software is much more recent and things are not overly prone to breakage.

A third stream, unstable, is meant for highly experienced users, people who can keep fixing their systems if they break.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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