Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer adds detection of Windows 11 and new ARM devices

The Debian Project today released the first alpha development version of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series, which is scheduled for release next year.

Work on Debian GNU/Linux 12 “bookworm” started a few months ago, but now there is an official installer for early adopters and Linux/Debian enthusiasts who want to check out the new features and improvements.

The Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer supports the latest Linux 5.19 kernel and introduces various hardware improvements, starting with the detection of the Windows 11 operating system if you plan to dual boot Debian GNU/Linux and Windows on the same machine.

Support for new ARM devices has also been added, including the Banana Pi BPI M2 Ultra, ODROID-C4, ODROID-HC4, ODROID-N2 and ODROID-N2+ single board computers, Purism’s Librem 5r4 (Evergreen) Linux smartphone, as well as the MNT Reform Version 2 modular laptop.

New RISC-V devices are also supported, including SiFive HiFive Unmatched and BeagleV Starlight Beta, as well as the Microchip PolarFire-SoC Icicle kit, a low-cost development platform that allows evaluation of compatible RISC-V 5-core Linux. microprocessor subsystem.

Other notable changes implemented in the Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer include screen reader support enabled by default for the Cinnamon desktop environment, automatic launch of text-to-speech, easier detection of multi-path devices, and support for multiple initrd paths.

The installer also adds support for source-based Exherbo Linux distribution, detection of NTFS3 drivers for Linux kernels 5.15 or later (in addition to NTFS and NTFS-3G), and detection of initramfs d Alpine Linux. Another interesting change is that the installer no longer offers experimental dmraid support.

My tech-savvy readers can find additional details about the changes to this first alpha installer for Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” in the mailing list announcement posted earlier today by Cyril Brulebois. The final version of Debian Bookworm is expected in summer 2023.

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