Appendix B - Features in older releases
New features for Debian Edu 11 Codename Bullseye released 2021-08-14
New version of Debian Installer from Debian bullseye, see its installation manual for more details.
New artwork based on the Homeworld theme, the default artwork for Debian 11 (bullseye).
The Debian Installer doesn't support LTSP chroot setup anymore. In case of a combined server installation ('Main server' + 'LTSP server' profiles), setting up thin client support (now using X2Go) happens at the end of the installation. Generating the SquashFS image for diskless client support (from the server's file system) is done at first boot.
For separate LTSP servers, both steps have to be done via a tool after first boot inside the internal network when enough information is available from the main server.
- Everything which is new in Debian 11 Bullseye, eg:
- Linux kernel 5.10
- Desktop environments KDE Plasma 5.20, GNOME 3.38, Xfce 4.16, LXDE 11, MATE 1.24
- Educational toolbox GCompris 1.0
- Music creator Rosegarden 20.12
- LTSP 21.01
- Debian Bullseye includes more than 59000 packages available for installation.
Documentation and translation updates
- During installation the profile choice page is available in 29 languages, of which 22 are fully translated.
The Debian Edu Bullseye Manual is fully translated to Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese (Portugal) and Simplified Chinese.
- Partly translated versions exist for Danish and Spanish.
Other changes compared to the previous release
- Improved TLS/SSL support on the internal network. On clients, the root certificate for the Debian Edu-CA is located inside the certificate bundle for the whole system.
New LTSP, re-written from scratch, dropping thin client support. Thin clients are now supported using X2Go.
- Netboot is provided using iPXE instead of PXELINUX to be compliant with LTSP.
The /srv/tftp directory is now used as netboot base instead of /var/lib/tftpboot.
After a point release upgrade of a system with Main Server or LTSP Server profile, debian-edu-pxeinstall needs to be run to update the PXE installation environment.
DuckDuckGo is used as default search provider for both Firefox ESR and Chromium.
- Chromium uses the internal website instead of Google as default startpage.
- On diskless workstations, the Kerberos TGT is available after login automatically.
- New tool added to set up freeRADIUS with support for both EAP-TTLS/PAP and PEAP-MSCHAPV2 methods.
- Samba is configured as 'standalone server' with support for SMB2/SMB3; domain joining is gone.
- The GOsa² web interface doesn't show Samba related entries because Samba account data are no longer stored in LDAP.
- Debian Installer's graphical mode is used for PXE installations (instead of text mode).
- Central CUPS print server ipp.intern, users belonging to the printer-admins group are allowed to administrate CUPS.
- Icinga administration via the web interface is restricted to the first user.
Historic information about older releases
The following Debian Edu releases were made further in the past:
- Debian Edu 10+edu0 Codename Buster released 2019-07-06.
- Debian Edu 9+edu0 Codename Stretch released 2017-06-17.
- Debian Edu 8+edu0 Codename Jessie released 2016-07-02.
- Debian Edu 7.1+edu0 Codename Wheezy released 2013-09-28.
- Debian Edu 6.0.7+r1 Codename "Squeeze", released 2013-03-03.
- Debian Edu 6.0.4+r0 Codename "Squeeze", released 2012-03-11.
- Debian Edu 5.0.6+edu1 Codename "Lenny", released 2010-10-05.
- Debian Edu 5.0.4+edu0 Codename "Lenny", released 2010-02-08.
- Debian Edu "3.0r1 Terra", released 2007-12-05.
- Debian Edu "3.0r0 Terra" released 2007-07-22. Based on Debian 4.0 Etch released 2007-04-08.
- Debian Edu 2.0, released 2006-03-14. Based on Debian 3.1 Sarge released 2005-06-06.
- Debian Edu "1.0 Venus" release 2004-06-20. Based on Debian 3.0 Woody released 2002-07-19.