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25 Jun 2021

Brexit VI

We are now 6 months into Brexit and 5 years since the fraudulent referendum that has plunged the UK into a self inflicted crisis that I fear it will not emerge intact from.

Basically every promise that the Leave campaign made has turned out to be a lie that Remain said it was. The fishing industry has been thrown under a big red bus, Northern Ireland has been cut of from Great Britain, citizen has been abandoned, and the new trade deals are either basically the same as before or as for in the Australian one, worded as to kill off the British beef and lamb industry...

All the fears of the Remain campaign are slowly coming true, jobs have left, imports are down, exports are down, the pound is down, skilled people have left, costs are up, business are drowning in red tape, the economy is growing slower than it was previously, and inward investment has dried up. Northern Ireland and Scotland are pulling at the very fabric of the Union...

How things will actually pan out I don't know, but while the Brexit fruit cakes are enthroned in Westminster I don't any change in direction. Long term I suspect that Scotland and Northern Ireland will break away. Eventually England will be forced to rejoin the EU, but on much less favourable terms than the UK had, but that will still probably be a good thing...


More Debian GNU/Linux 11.0 "Bullseye"

Though still not officially stable I've upgraded a further spare laptop, a lightly used desktop and a virtual system from Debian 10.10 to 11.0. In all cases there was even less than usual that needed any manual attention. In most cases I reset to standard where I could and then checked afterwards if I wanted to put back any customisation. I've also built one new system directly on Bullseye, and that's a pretty neat system too, given it's age and low spec.

Superficially everything is a bit newer and a bit more polished, and the like most recent upgrades it's evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Compared to the 9 to 10 step, so far there was even less to worry about, and things have just got a more polished. While the KDE 4 to 5 transition was a big technical change, as was the move to systemd, I feel the last noticeable change was versions 7 to 8. A decade ago the move from 5 to 6 was very noticeable as KDE jumped from 3 to 4, which was a more noticeable change than the later KDE 4 to 5 transition.

The biggest step change I remember was 3 "Woody" to 3.1 "Sarge". Sarge had been in gestation for quite a while, and though it was only numbered 3.1 it was one of the biggest jumps, which saw a whole range of changes and also gave Debian a reputation for slow release cycles, which is unfair as post 3.1, most versions have actually come out with an even cadence of about 2 years per release...!

Dull upgrades are always good, but other than a few changed splash screens and some new graphics it mostly feels the same, just a bit better, which is good.