Linux in Thew News 10-9-23

Last Updated on October 9, 2023 by KC7NYR

Linux Mint 21.2 “EDGE” ISO Released with Linux Kernel 6.2, Secure Boot Support

This variant of Linux Mint 21.2 is available only with the Cinnamon desktop environment and it’s based on Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS.
Linux Mint 21.2 EDGE

The Linux Mint team announced today the release and general availability for download of the “EDGE” ISO flavor of the latest Linux Mint 21.2 “Victoria” release for those who need support for newer hardware.

“This image is made for people whose hardware is too new to boot the 5.15 LTS kernel included in Linux Mint 21.x.”

Linux Mint 21.2 “Victoria” arrived in mid-July 2023 based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) operating system series and powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel, which is also used as the default kernel in the initial upstream release.

The “EDGE” variant of Linux Mint 21.2 ships with a newer kernel, namely Linux kernel 6.2, which is included in the upstream Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS release by default. This “EDGE” ISO image promises to support newer hardware and it’s targeted at those who want to install Linux Mint 21.2 on PCs where the normal ISO image does not recognizes their hardware.

In addition to the Linux 6.2 kernel, the Linux Mint 21.2 “EDGE” ISO release also ships with the Mesa 23.0.4 open-source graphics stack, Secure Boot support, as well as newer packages from the upstream Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS repositories.

“In addition to its regular ISO images, Linux Mint sometimes provides an “edge” ISO image for its latest release. This image ships with newer components to be able to support the most modern hardware chipsets and devices,” reads the EDGE ISO documentation page.

It should be noted that this release is only available with the Cinnamon desktop environment, which is the flagship edition of the Linux Mint distribution. Unfortunately, the Linux Mint team does not provide “EDGE” variants for the Xfce and MATE editions of Linux Mint.

Without further ado, if you want to deploy the latest Linux Mint 21 operating system series on newer computers and you experienced boot issues or undetected hardware issues with the previous releases, you can download the “EDGE” ISO image right now from the official website.

Debian 12.2 “Bookworm” Released with 117 Bug Fixes and 52 Security Updates

Debian 11.8 “Bullseye” is also available for download with 115 security updates and 94 bug fixes.
Debian 12.2

The Debian Project announced today the release and general availability of Debian 12.2 as the second ISO update to the latest Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series.

Arriving two and a half months after Debian 12.1, the Debian 12.2 release is here to provide those who want to deploy the operating system on new hardware with up-to-date installation media so you won’t have to download hundreds of updates from the repositories after the installation.

Debian 12.2 includes all the security and software updates that have been released for the Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series since July 22nd, 2023. In numbers, the new release includes a total of miscellaneous bug fixes for 117 packages and 52 security updates.

For details about these security and bug fixes, check out the release announcement page. The new ISO images are available for download right now from the official website, but the Debian Project reminds us that Debian 12.2 doesn’t constitute a new version of the Bookworm series.

Debian 12.2 installation images are available 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.

Debian 12.2 live images are only available for 64-bit systems with the KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, LXQt, LXDE, Cinnamon, and MATE desktop environments pre-installed. A NetInstall image is also available for download for those who want to install Debian over the network.

Also today, the Debian Project released Debian 11.8 as the eighth point release to the Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series. This release includes miscellaneous bug fixes for 94 packages and 115 security updates. More details are available here.

Existing Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” and Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” users with a healthy installation should keep their installations up to date at all times if they want to receive the latest security and bug fixes included in this new point release.

To update your Debian system, run the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade commands in a terminal emulator or virtual console.