Dear Debianites, == Announcing Debian Live RC1 == The Debian Live team is happy to announce the first generally complete pre-release version of the Debian Live media ahead of the upcoming final Debian 10 (Buster) release. Architectures available: amd64, i386. Environments available: Cinnamon, GNOME, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Plasma by KDE, Standard and Xfce. == What's new == === Calamares === Debian Live media ships with a new additional installer called "Calamares". This installer is an independent project aiming to create a universal system installer, and it is included in Debian Live media as an additional option without replacing the debian-installer. Calamares is a graphical installer that's really easy to use, ideal for an end-user installing on a typical desktop or laptop. Where it most notably falls short compared to debian-installer is that it doesn't yet support RAID (and other certain complex partition tasks), pre-seeding or network installations. However, its easy to use interface makes it ideal for a very large percentage of Debian Live users. Anyone who needs more advanced features can, as always, still boot in to Debian Installer from the live media. Calamares upstream website: https://calamares.io === New live desktop flavour: LXQt === A new desktop environment is available on Debian live called LXQt. LXQt is a lightweight Qt-based desktop environment. Historically, LXQt is the product of the merge between LXDE-Qt, an initial Qt flavour of LXDE, and Razor-qt, a project aiming to develop a Qt based desktop environment with similar objectives as the current LXQt. LXQt upstream website: https://lxqt.org/ === New live flavour: standard === This is not so much new as a it is a re-introduction. The standard live ISO contains just the Debian standard system. This may be a preferred way for many people to install a desktopless Debian system, since installing from a compiled live image (squashfs system) is significantly faster than installing a system by using individual packages. === UEFI Secure Boot === When installing on a machine that has UEFI Secure Boot enabled, you no longer need to disable it in order to install Debian. === Look and feel === * A bunch of desktop papercuts and annoyances have been resolved (and sadly one or two new ones introduced). * Live media now ships with a working Plymouth theme by default. It's currently enabled by default in the install system if you install Calamares, although not when using debian-installer, this will be fixed in a future release but not for Buster. * A bunch of error messages during boot have been resolved. These Debian Live images probably have the cleanest boot experience of any official Debian Live images ever. === Pertinent upstream developments === * The VirtualBox display driver is now available in the mainline Linux kernel. This means that you can now get the correct resolution and resize your desktop in VirtualBox without having to install the VirtualBox dkms drivers in the guest. == Where to Download == * amd64: http://get.debian.org/images/buster_di_rc1-live/amd64/iso-hybrid/ * i386: http://get.debian.org/images/buster_di_rc1-live/i386/iso-hybrid/ == Known issues == * On the LXQt desktop, a warning will display about existing keyboard shortcuts. This will be resolved in a future release. * On the LXQt Desktop, double-clicking on the Calamares icon will pop up an "Execute file" dialog, a user then has to click on "Execute" to launch Calamares. Upstream has a ticket open for this and this should be resolved in a future release. * On the LXDE Desktop, a prompt pops up by default asking about your clipboard preferences. == Feedback == * File Bugs: https://bugs.debian.org * Debian Live mailing list: https://lists.debian.org/debian-live/ * Debian Live IRC channel: #debian-live on irc.debian.org (aka irc.oftc.net) -Jonathan, on behalf of the Debian Live team -- ⢀⣴⠾⠻⢶⣦⠀ Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) <jcc> ⣾⠁⢠⠒⠀⣿⡁ Debian Developer - https://wiki.debian.org/highvoltage ⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋ https://debian.org | https://jonathancarter.org ⠈⠳⣄⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be Bold. Be brave. Debian has got your back.
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