[nmglug] Bullseye;

Ted Pomeroy ted.pome at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 14:47:39 PDT 2021

NMGLUGers and Leroy, Right. Printing. The release notes indicate progress
on printing without the need for proprietary firmware for particular
printers. I have long preferred HP printers as HP was much more forthcoming
with firmware. The section (for AMD64 architecture) on printing is Here.
The goal of driverless printing and better interoperability seems to have
been reached. This is covered in the "What's New" section and I believe is
similar across all architectures. I don't print too often and I do not have
any problematic printers or scanners, so I cannot give any firsthand report
on this. Still, the progress is good news and I hope somebody will be able
to give us a report sometime this year.
Anyway I remain very happy with the upgrade and first steps with Bullseye.
Thank you, Ted P

On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 11:10 AM Ted Pomeroy <ted.pome at gmail.com> wrote:

> NMGLUGers,  in answering Leroy:
>  I am just now reading the release notes thoroughly. In the main my Xfce
> desktop is the same, with new artwork, an empty "Favorites" section of the
> app menu that I am adding to, and some settings set to the new defaults
> that I am re-tweaking. I have purged 'quodlibet' and 'exfalso' and
> installed 'audacious' and 'streamtuner2': this to get music streams from
> the Internet.
> Importantly there is a syntax change in the Debian security line in
> /etc/apt/sources.list. This is explained in the release notes on the Debian
> wiki website
> <https://www.debian.org/releases/bullseye/armel/release-notes/ch-information.en.html>,
> and is due to apt syntax symbols.
> As I have only had two days to explore and use the 32 bit laptop I cannot
> give a wider view just yet. I did find that there are some special versions
> of the installer and some unofficial versions include some firmware blobs
> for hardware not covered by free drivers. I had decided to give up on
> 32-bit computing, but as Debian supports it, I will do some more exploring
> on this. However, I have an even older laptop running Buster and since
> there is about a year of support I will let it be and discard it or pass it
> on at the end of a year if not sooner. The slowness of these machines and
> lack ability to play streaming video makes them subpar for even an average
> user.
> Still it is fun to explore and I am happy with the upgrade so far. Thank
> you, Ted P
> On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 9:44 AM Leroy Lints <dr.leroybrown at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hey Ted,
>> What are the changes to printing that you found? I am curious.
>> Regards,
>> Leroy
>> On Mon, 2021-08-16 at 10:53 -0600, Ted Pomeroy wrote:
>> > NMGLUGers, Bullseye is Debian 11. It was released last week and I
>> > have already had a chance to upgrade a 32 bit machine and it runs
>> > well. The laptop is circa 2010 with an Atom processor. Of course it
>> > is a bit slow, but that is not surprising. Kernel 5.10 is working
>> > well with this older laptop.
>> > I have begun to read the release notes and will study them some more.
>> > There are changes to printing which sound interesting, and some
>> > comments about the systemd logs and journals.  I will have some more
>> > time before our virtual meeting this Thursday to test the new
>> > software and make some changes in my selection of applications for
>> > various tasks.
>> > Thank you, Ted P
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