Debian 11 Stable Release Now Available

With five years of support

The latest stable version of the Debian project is finally available.

Debian 11—code-named “bullseye”—has formally debuted and will offer up to five years of support before being phased out. According to The Register, the long-term support is made possible thanks to its use of version 5.10 of the Linux kernel, which is slated to have support until 2026.

Debian 11 installation logo

Debian

The newest version of the Debian project is notable because it brings several new features to the Linux distribution, including native support for exFAT filesystems, support for GNOME Flashback desktop environments like KDE Plasma 5.20, LXDE 11, LXQt 0.16, and MATE 1.24.

Additionally, USB printers now can be treated as network devices thanks to new ipp-usb packages, essentially making driverless printing work better with USB-connected printers.

Other feature changes include driverless scanning, win32-loader software that lets Debian install Windows without the use of separate installation media, and support for UEFI and Secure Boot options.

Altogether the distro includes 59,551 packages, 11,294 of which are completely new.

Files on the new Linux Debian build.

Debian also now supports 32-bit PC (i386) and 64-bit PC (amd64), 64-bit Arm (arm64), ARM EABI (armel), ARMv7 (EABI hard-float ABI, armhf), little-endian MIPS (mipsel). 64-bit little-endian MIPS (mips64el), 64-bit little-endian PowerPC (ppc64el), and IBM System z (s390x).

Because the Debian distro plays a vital part as the foundation of other popular Linux distros—like Ubuntu and Devuan—this release will also help push those options forward. Those interested in trying out Debian 11 can do so by downloading a live image or disk image of the distro. 

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