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This article covers a step by step guide on how to perform upgrade from Debian 10 Buster to Debian 11 Bullseye. Before this upgrade, it is crucial that you make a backup of your data and system configurations. For cloud-based VMs one can quickly backup and restore using snapshots.


The most important things you have to backup are contents of /etc, /var/lib/dpkg, /var/lib/apt/extended_states and the output of dpkg –get-selections "*".


Debian 11 comes with the following features:

  • Newer version of desktop environments such as Gnome 3.38, KDE Plasma 5.20, MATE 1.24, Xfce 4.16, LXDE 11, LXQt 0.16 e.t.c
  • Linux Kernel 5.10LTS
  • ExFAT support
  • Package updates
  • Printer and Scanner improvement
  • Supports many architectures such as 32-bit and 64-bit PC, 64-bit ARM, ARMv7, ARM EABI, little-endian MIPS, 64-bit little-endian PowerPC, 64-bit little-endian MIPS, IBM System z e.t.c thus referred to as a universal operating system


Best tools to backup Linux system data and configurations:

  • Rsync– a commandline utility tool used to backup personal and $ Home directory data
  • Deja Dup– a GUI utility used to backup personal data.
  • Timeshift– a tool used to backup system files and configurations.
  • Restic– a commandline utility toolthat saves multiple revisions of files in an encrypted repository stored on different backends.
  • Rsnapshot– this is a commandline utility tools that creates periodic snapshots for local and remote machines over ssh.
  • Other tools include: Barman, BackupPC, Bup, Lsyncd, Bareos, Bacula, Duplicati, Borg e.t.c




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