Debian Bullseye Released

Debian ,FLOSS
August 14, 2021

Wow. It is 21:49 in the evening here (I am with isy and sledge in Cambridge) and image testing has completed! The images are being signed, and sledge is running through the final steps to push them out to our servers, and from there out onto the mirror and torrent networks to be available for public download.

We have had help testing installation images from the regular team; amacater and schweer. With schweer, as ever, covering the edu images. Thank you.

This release we were joined by bitin who kindly ran through a couple of tests of the default netinst image with both UEFI and BIOS based VMs, before joining a release party.

Moving onto the live images, linux-fan once again spent time testing i386 images on vintage hardware. Getting a desktop environment to work on a Pentium (4?) machine with 1GiB RAM from a live-image sees the number of desktops that will run in this environment get fewer all the time. Again highvoltage was around to run tests on some of the images.

liz, contributed for the first time – indeed raised her first bug report as well. I hope that you had fun – thanks for joining us today.

smcv, also joined in the testing fun – a long time DD is this the first time you have run through image smoke tests on release day? thanks!

Many thanks to everyone taking time to test installation and live images.

Of cause building and testing images doesn’t happen in isolation. There is a huge team that puts together and releases the project that is Debin….
On a release day there are many teams working flat out: dsa, ftp, publicity, release, web, and ourselves as the cd/images team.
But that is just activity on a release day…
There are all the other teams that are needed to produce the distribution, who work tirelessly day in, day out. Curating the 1,152,960,944 lines of code in Debian bullseye are over more than 6,208 people!!
Some of the contributors are shown in

In the 15 minutes it has taken me to compile this post (many thanks to cnote and jmw for facts and figures they published on debian micronews), the last of the image release process has completed by sledge… and that’s it. Installation images for Debian 11 ‘Bullseye’ are out in the big wide world, joining the official archives that became available at 10:35 this morning.