9to5Linux was informed today by Patrick d’Emmabuntüs about the general available for public testing of the second alpha release of the upcoming Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 distribution.
Coming more than eight months after the first alpha release, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 alpha 2 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” alpha 3 and features the recently released and awesome Xfce 4.16 desktop environment.
If you want to get a taste of Xfce 4.16 and your current GNU/Linux distribution doesn’t offer it in its software repositories, you can download the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 alpha 2 release and run it live from a USB stick.
However, the most important feature in this release, according to the developers, is a new unified method for translating the Emmabuntüs menus into various languages, based on .po type files.
A Danish translation is already available in this second alpha version provided by Carl Andersen, along with Japanese, German, and Italian translations. Patrick d’Emmabuntüs told 9to5Linux that the Japanese translations will be improved in future releases and more languages will be included in the upcoming beta release.
Software-wise, the second alpha of Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 comes with a plethora of new useful utilities that have already been included in the latest Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 release, such as VeraCrypt for on-the-fly disk encryption, Linux Mint’s Warpinator for secure file sharing, GtkHash for computing message digests or checksums, as well as zram-tools for setting up compressed filesystems in RAM.
Furthermore, RadioTray was replaced by RadioTray-NG as default online radio streaming player, Kazam was replaced by Vokoscreen-NG as default screencast creator, ClipIt was replaced by Qlipper as default clipboard manager, and SMTube was repalced by FreeTube as default YouTube client.
The Jitsi videoconferencing application has been removed from this second alpha release, along with Java 8, which is no longer needed by Ancestris. Moreover, the Scratch IDE was updated to version 3.3 and the Multisystem live USB creator was updated to version 1.0448 to support Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4.
Another interesting change in this release is the ability to launch the recovery session without the root account.
As you probably know, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition comes with both Xfce and LXQt desktop environments out of the box, and this second alpha release improves the handling of the Cairo-Dock utility for both desktops.
Last but not least, an OEM install mode is now provided within the Calamares graphical installer.
You can download Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 alpha 2 for 64-bit or 32-bit computers right now using the direct download link below. Keep in mind though that this is a pre-release version and it’s NOT suitable for use on a production environment.
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