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GNOME 40 comes to Debian 12 “Bookworm” GNU Linux, Download for Testing

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After the freeze and release phase of Debian 11, the developers are back to work, Gnome 40.4 is already in testing (Debian 12 Bookworm). Download and check out.

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What to Do After Installing Debian 11 Bullseye

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This article recommends Debian 11 users after-installation tips and tricks including simple guide to get additional useful applications. For new Debian users, this article is for you. Let's check it out.

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Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition Beta for Debian available for testing

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Last week has seen the release of the first beta of Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition. Work behind the scenes to get this release as soon as possible into Debian has progressed well.

Starting with today, we provide binaries of Plasma 5.23 for Debian stable (bullseye), testing, and unstable, in each case for three architectures: amd64, i386, and aarch64.

To test the current beta, please add...

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Ubuntu and Debian Leftovers

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Ubuntu
  • What’s New in Ubuntu Linux 21.10 Impish Indri

    This is an intermediate version, I do not recommend its use for beginners for two reasons.

  • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, August 2021

    In August I was assigned 13.25 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 6 hours from earlier months. I worked 1.25 hours and will carry over the remainder.

    I attended an LTS team meeting, and wrote my report for July 2021, but did not work on any updates.

  • SFSget improved and folder hierarchy reconsidered

    Just a short note, that I have been working on "sfsget", the SFS downloader and installer. Various refinements, including much more aware of installing to the main desktop instead of as a container.
    This revamp was triggered with Chromium, which is not really suitable for running in a container. It has its own sandbox, which is effectively a container. Easy Containers are "crippled root" and the Chromium sandbox does not work in a container -- it would be a sandbox-within-a-sandbox. So Chromium would have to run with "--no-sandbox" in a container.

Sparky 2021.09

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Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

Changes:
– repositories set to Debian “Bookworm” and Sparky “Orion Belt”
– all packages updated as of September 17, 2021
– new backgrounds: desktop, login manager, plymouth & boot screen, etc.
– Linux kernel 5.10.46 (5.14.6 & 5.15-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
– GCC 10 still as default, but GCC 11 is also installed
– no more Sparky Advanced Installed GUI; the Advanced installer works in text mode only now; the first window lets you choose the standard version of the installer or DEV version with disk encryption and LVM support;
– ‘sparky-upgrade’ text based tool is also preinstalled in CLI iso
– packages removed from iso: mc, gparted
– new package installed: lfm
– Calamares 3.2.43

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Debian 11: Moving forward while standing still

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For those who are new to Linux, I'd love to be able to recommend Debian 11 to you. However, because the installation isn't nearly as simple as is that of, say, Ubuntu, you'd be best served either having someone with more experience install Debian for you, or wait it out until you have a bit more familiarity with Linux under your belt. Although you won't be asked to manually partition your drive, there are questions about mirrors and domains that could easily trip you up. So if you're new to Linux and you insist on experiencing the remarkable stability that is Debian 11, I'd suggest you do a bit of research into the Debian installer before you do.

However, you shouldn't let that warning put you off. Even those without any Linux experience could muddle their way through installation, I'd hate for someone new to Linux to be turned away because the Debian installation isn't a two- or three-click process. So if you are new to Linux, grab a friend who has installed Linux and let them walk you through the process.

Trust me, Debian 11 is worth the smallest bit of extra effort you might have to go through to complete the installation. It's that good. In fact, it's one of the few instances where I can say a Linux distribution moves forward while standing firmly in place.

Download your copy of Debian 11 now.

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TopJoy ButterFly is a Full-Color DES Screen e-Reader with Android 11 (Crowdfunding)

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Linux
Hardware
Debian

TopJoy ButterFly is a full-color DES screen e-Reader running Android 11 on a quad-core Cortex-A55 processor that appears to be the same Rockchip RK3566 processor used in the upcoming PineNote e-reader.

Two models of the e-Reader are offers with E601 fitted with a 6-inch display and E701 with a larger 7.8-inch display both offering 300 PPI for black & white content and 150 PPI for color, and equipped with 2GB RAM & 32GB storage by default, an option for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for the larger display.

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Debian: Envertech, Communication Platforms, and EasyOS

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  • Sven Hoexter: PV - Monitoring Envertech Microinverter via envertecportal.com

    Some time ago I looked briefly at an Envertech data logger for small scale photovoltaic setups. Turned out that PV inverter are kinda unreliable, and you really have to monitor them to notice downtimes and defects. Since my pal shot for a quick win I've cobbled together another Python script to query the portal at www.envertecportal.com, and report back if the generated power is down to 0. The script is currently run on a vserver via cron and reports back via the system MTA. So yeah, you need to have something like that already at hand.

  • Some site updates

    We’re in the process of upgrading to Debian 11 (bullseye). If you come across any issues, feel free to raise them on the #debian-social IRC channel on oftc (also accessible via Matrix) and we’ll look into it as soon as we have a chance.

  • Matrix Synapse updated and new plumbed IRC rooms

    Matrix synapse was updated to 1.40.0, during the upgrade the server was upgraded to Bullseye.

  • Infrastructure in place to run each app as a separate user

    Running an app as a non-root user also means that it can't write just anywhere in the filesystem, can be constrained to only write in its own home folder. And if required, can be prevented from reading critical files.

    Of course Easy already has "crippled root" in containers, so running, say, SeaMonkey, on the main desktop as a non-root user would have to be seen as an alternative security strategy. SeaMonkey will run a little bit faster, and won't have the issues that some people have reported with running SM in a container, such as problem with network connectivity.

    If each app is run as its own user, this means that EasyOS can implement a permissions management GUI like in Android. Like, do you want this app to be able to access the camera, network, audio, folders outside the "home" folder? ...etc.

    So, have started to setup the infrastructure to support this. The idea is that top-level /clients folder will have these non-root users, though I would like to refer to them as "clients".

New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2021)

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The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

Aloïs Micard (creekorful)
Sophie Brun (sophieb)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

Douglas Andrew Torrance
Marcel Fourné
Marcos Talau
Sebastian Geiger

Congratulations!

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Elecrow CrowPi 2 electronics learning laptop hands-on: Raspberry Pi 4 laptop for students

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Reviews
Debian

Since Raspbian is based on Debian Linux, it's a fairly robust and capable OS. If it runs on ARM Linux, it runs on the CrowPi 2. This includes mainstays like GIMP for image editing, LibreOffice for office work, Chromium and Firefox for web browsing, and (of course) Minecraft Pi Edition for gaming. There are also a handful of Python games, but these are good for only a few minutes of fun and are truly intended to teach Python coding.

Thankfully, the larger 11.6-inch 1920x1080 screen makes retro gaming viable. Elecrow includes instructions for installing RetroPie to a microSD card and booting it on the CrowPi 2. The company also includes two USB controllers styled after the SNES gamepads for gaming. This is how my kids prefer to use the CrowPi 2, and it makes for a good portable retro gaming machine.

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