Linux in The News 12-19-22

Last Updated on December 19, 2022 by KC7NYR

Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 “Bullseye” Released with 78 Security Updates and 69 Bug Fixes

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The Debian Project announced today the general availability of Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 as the sixth ISO release for the project’s latest Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series.


Coming more than three months after Debian GNU/Linux 11.5, the Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 release is here as a fresh, up-to-date installation medium for those who want to deploy the latest and greatest Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series on new computers.

This means that it includes all the security and software updates that have been released from September 10th when Debian GNU/Linux 11.5 was released until today, through the main Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” software repositories.

In numbers, Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 includes a total of 78 security updates and 69 miscellaneous bug fixes. For more details about these fixes, you can study the release announcement page. But if you’re already running Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye,” you only have to make sure your installation is up to date to receive these fixes.

For new installations, you can download the live or installable ISO images from the official website. Installation images are provided for 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64el), IBM System z (s390x), MIPS 64-bit Little Endian (mips64el), MIPS 32-bit Little Endian (mipsel), MIPS, Armel, ARMhf, and AArch64 (arm64) hardware architectures. You can download them here.

Live images of Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 are available for 64-bit and 32-bit systems and they come pre-installed with the KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, LXQt, LXDE, Cinnamon, and MATE desktop environments. A “standard” live ISO image is also available for download, but it doesn’t feature a graphical environment. You can download them here.

If they want to receive all these fixes, existing Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” users need only to update their installations by running the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade commands in a terminal emulator.



Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Is Now Available for Download

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The highly anticipated Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” release has started appearing today on various of the official download mirrors of the Ubuntu-based distribution, which means that an official release announcement is upon us.

This also means that if you can’t wait until Linux Mint 21.1 is officially announced, you can download the final ISO images with either the Cinnamon, Xfce, or MATE desktop environments right now to take it for a test drive or install it as your main operating system.

Shipping with an updated Ubuntu 22.04 LTS package base and powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series, Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” features the latest and greatest Cinnamon 5.6 desktop environment for its flagship edition, as well as the Xfce 4.16 and MATE 1.26 for the other two official editions.

Linux Mint 21.1 comes with a fresh look and feel, but with subtle changes like the removal of the Computer and Home icons from the desktop, Mint-Y Aqua theme by default and yellow folders in the file manager, Bibata mouse cursor theme, new sounds, and alternative icon themes.

The Driver Manager has been updated with an improved user interface with redesigned offline support, the ability to run in user mode, proper Debconf support, which comes as good news for NVIDIA users when SecureBoot enabled, as well as the ability to purge the configuration of removed drivers.

There’s also a new ISO verification tool implemented in the right-click context menu, which makes it easier for users to verify the integrity and authenticity of ISO images. The new ISO verification tool is also integrated into the ISO Image Writer utility through a “Verify” button.

Other noteworthy changes in Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” include full integration of Flatpak apps, better handling of PPA keys in Software Sources, hardened security for the Warpinator app, improved support for Web Apps, configure login screen mouse pointer theme and size, and updated settings with new options.

For an in-depth look at what’s new in Linux Mint 21.1, check out the full release notes herehere, and here. Meanwhile, you can download the “Vera” release right now by using the direct download links below, or you can wait for the Linux Mint team to officially announce this release in the coming days.