Debian Bullseye Installer Third Alpha Version Now Available

Debian 11 Bullseye

Recently the release of the third alpha version of the installer was released what will be the next major version Debian 11 "Bullseye", which is scheduled for release in summer 2021 (if things go as the developers plan).

By January 12, 2021 (practically in a matter of days) ethe first stage of freezing is planned of the package base, which implies the termination of the execution of «transitions» (updating of packages that requires correcting dependencies for other packages, which leads to the temporary removal of Testing packages), as well as the termination of packages update required for the build (build -essential).

major developments

Regarding the key changes in the installer since the second alpha version, we will be able to find that support for 78 languages ​​has been added to the installer, Besides that there is already full support for 16 languages. 

In addition, we can see that the new alpha version It is notable, due to the change from Linux kernel 5.9.0-4 to Linux version 5.9, although it is mentioned that possibly the base will be Linux 5.10 as it will be a long-term support kernel (LTS) that will be maintained for a period of at least five years.

Another notable difference with this Debian installer update it's partman-auto for automatic partitioning whiche increases the size of / boot, since when a separate / boot partition needs to be created, such as for full disk encryption use cases, the size will now be roughly 512 to 768M instead of 128 to 256M as is the current default.

This increase is done as the current default has long been considered "too small", as many times three kernel images cannot even fit in / boot without being populated.

Another important change is in relation to architecture ARM64, since it has introduced a new graphical installer and a compilation in GTK.

As to added support, we can find for NanoPi NEO Air, FriendlyARM NanoPi NEO Plus2 plates, Pinebook, Pinebook Pro, Olimex A64-Olinuxino, A64-Olinuxino-eMMC, SolidRun LX2160A Honeycomb, Clearfog CX, SolidRun Cubox-i Solo / DualLite and Turris MOX.

As well as support for firefly-rk3399, pinebook-pro-rk3399, rockpro64-rk3399, rock64-rk3328 and rock-pi-4-rk3399 arm64 boards in the u-boot and netboot images. The Firefly-RK3288 image has been transferred to the new u-boot.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new alpha version of the installer:

  • Improved performance of the U-Boot system when booting through UEFI.
  • Added udeb with F2FS support.
  • Added ntfs-3g package for arm64 architecture.
    Added support for OLPC XO-1.75 laptops.
  • Single CD imaging with Xfce desktop environment stopped.
  • 2 & 3 DVD ISO image creation discontinued for amd64 / i386 systems.
  • Added udeb wireless-regdb-udeb to Linux builds, including nic-wireless modules.
  • The console settings have improved support for pseudographic symbols and updated the Terminus font.
  • Debian-cd has improved the minimal install linkage.
  • The Linux kernel has been updated to version 5.9.
  • The libkmod2-udeb package has been replaced by kmod-udeb.
  • A separate build dependency on fdisk is proposed for arm64, amd64, and i386 systems, not tied to util-linux.
  • Grub2 has been added to the built-in use field.
  • Support for the upstart system administrator has been completely discontinued.
  • Updated grub installer templates to accommodate UEFI systems and new types of storage.
  • The size of the / boot partition for automatic partitioning has been increased
  • Optimized the choice of swap partition size, taking into account the amount of RAM.
  • The win32 loader features a UEFI boot manager and adds support for secure boot.
  • Lilo-installer and elilo-installer are excluded from all udeb architectures.

Finally, if you want to know more about the changes that are integrated in this alpha version of the Debian 11 installer, you can check the details In the following link.


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  1.   no no and no said

    Again saying nonsense about debian, I doubt very much that the next debian will carry the kernel neither 5.9 nor much less the kernel 5.10 even if it is lts. If debian is known, which from what you write, it is clear that not, it is more than known that debian stable, it is always based on kernels, of course lts and tested and failed, that is why debian 10 is based on 4.19 and debian 11 , I can tell you with total security that it will be based on the lts 5.4 kernel, which is currently the tried and tested lts kernel that there, the 5.10 kernel, has not yet come out and by the summer, that is not a tested kernel and failed for stable debian, since we are talking about stable debian, debian testing that is something else and testing if it is more up to date.

    1.    august said

      It could be ...... although if there is the case that it includes the last one, it will be my friend