Submitted by stopCloudflare in freesoftware (edited )

The official Bullseye release notes are incomplete. So here's a supplement, however negative from a pessimist PoV:

  • ☠️ virtualbox: dropped.

  • ☠️ gksudo: dropped. The replacement is pkexec, but unlike gksudo, pkexec requires a complex configuration for each command that it will be used for.

  • 🚼 openssl: ssl2 and ssl3 are gone, as in: compiled out. Those protocols may have crypto vulns but they were still useful within .onion tunnels. In my case, this actually breaks fetching email from some onion email services. And it's stupid, because ssl2 & ssl3 are good enough over an onion tunnel since e2ee is inherent and ssl2/3 is just used for verification. It's a classic case of pretentious developers nannying infosec admins.

  • 🚼 fetchmail: opportunistic encryption gone. Perhaps this is a result of openssl being crippled.

  • ☠️ ocrodjvu: dropped under the perceived threat of python2 obsolescence (python2 did not actually get dropped in the end, but ocrodjvu didn't bounce back from that fiasco)

  • evince, okular, and xpdf can no longer show bookmarks (aka the outline) on DjVu files. Evince cannot render DjVu files if they contain grayscale images. Also, the evince "open containing folder" feature is broken when installed in xwayland/sway environment, without nautilus. Not sure if that's exclusively a Bullseye problem though.

  • neomutt: (pitfall) "mutt" was renamed to "neomutt", and plain mutt was introduced using the "mutt" name. Neomutt users will find themselves accidentally using non-neo mutt, which works differently and rejects some configs. Also, the Bullseye version of neomutt breaks mbox flags on new messages. (this has been fixed upstream but not in Bullseye).

  • tor-arm: dropped, basically. The pkg still exists, but it's just useless docs. App is gone. (update: the replacement pkg "Nyx" works fine.. they're just not good about telling you it was forked)

  • ☠️ electronmail: broken, due to electron breakage. Debian devs are unaware because Electronmail is not in the official repos. Electronmail devs are also unaware because their project is in MS Github and I'll be damned if I'm going to work with a Microsoft asset to report this bug. An ad hoc report appears here.

  • ☠️ wire app: broken, due to electron breakage. Debian devs are unaware because the Wire app is not in the official repos. Wire app devs are also unaware because their project is in MS Github and I'll be damned if I'm going to work with a Microsoft asset to report this bug. An ad hoc report appears here.

  • Bitlbee-mastodon plugin broken severely. The timeline and follow commands randomly break half the time.

  • Libreoffice's openoffice Writer is catastrophically broken

  • Kitty (the terminal emulator) is broken, at least under xwayland+Sway. This bug was closed without fixing: https://github.com/kovidgoyal/kitty/issues/98

☠️ <= flags pkgs that are dropped or wholly broken to an unusable extent. 🚼 <= baby icon indicates nannying by pkg managers/developers

So why migrate to Bullseye?

A) Because Tor Project got antsy and decided to prematurely impose onion v3 at the network level out of their own excessive paranoid dillusions about perceived speculative v2 weaknesses, everyone with Debian Stretch or older is basically fucked if they don't jump through these absurd hoops. Not sure if Buster users can squeak by, but certainly everyone else is fucked.

This is becoming a common theme. Sane, cautious, level-headed calm human beings are being prodded by the madness of the chronic coked-up upgraders who demand that everyone jump to use software that is not yet mature, established, and stable. They probably run their mission-critical projects on bleeding edge Gentoo rigs. Fuck those tweakers.

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