While there is no fixed schedule, a new stable Debian upgrade appears every two years or so.
Debian 11 was released in 2021, and now in 2023, we have the next major version bump, i.e., Debian 12.
Interestingly, Debian 12 has been released with about 100 known bugs, as mentioned in the release notes. So, you might want to explore the release details before upgrading or installing it.
Debian 12 will be supported until June 2028. You have one year to upgrade from Debian 11.
What's New in Debian 12?
Of course, with a major upgrade, you can expect package updates and obsolete/old software removed.
Similar to what we mentioned in our Debian 12 feature list, the following enhancements are included:
- Updated Installer
- Linux Kernel 6.1
- PipeWire by default
- New wallpaper
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Every distro focuses on improving the installation experience for new users. And it was time Debian stepped up.
The better handling of non-free firmware on Debian 12 is one of the highlights that should improve the onboarding experience.
In addition, there are many under-the-hood improvements including hardware compatibility upgrades.
Linux Kernel 6.1
Debian 12 features Linux Kernel 6.1, which is an LTS version.
The kernel comes baked in with Rust's experimental support, AMD hardware optimizations, and improved ARM support.
Desktop Environment & Software Upgrades
The new desktop environment versions should improve the desktop experience along with the essential application updates that include:
- GIMP 2.10.34
- Perl 5.36
- Vim 9.0
- OpenJDK 17
Not to forget, you get a new wallpaper with all the magical software updates.
- Pipewire audio server by default
- Go-based packages have limited security support.
- Over 9519 packages were removed because they were old/obsolete.
- Debian 12 can now detect Windows 11 in a dual-boot setup.
- Support for Secure Boot on ARM64 has been reintroduced.
Debian 12 is a nice upgrade with some issues to be aware of. Have you upgraded already? Let me know your thoughts on the same.