[nmglug] Bullseye;

Ted Pomeroy ted.pome at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 13:45:24 PDT 2021

NMGLUGers, I just added a post to our "Latest" blog, giving a few more
details about Debian11/Bullseye. I am very happy with the upgrade. I plan
to be at our virtual meeting on Thursday. I hope all are well and keeping
busy. Thank you, Ted P

On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 3:47 PM Ted Pomeroy <ted.pome at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> <https://www.debian.org/releases/bullseye/amd64/release-notes/ch-whats-new.en.html#driverless-operation>
> 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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