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Just a month after Homebrew 1.9.0 was released, Homebrew 2.0.0 was released last week with official support for Linux and Windows 10 (with Windows Subsystem for Linux), an automatic running of brew cleanup, removal of support for OS X Mountain Lion ( for versions10.8 and below), and much more.

Features of Homebrew 2.0.0

  1. Homebrew now offers official support for Linux and Windows 10 with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
  2. brew cleanup runs periodically (every 30 days) and is triggered automatically for individual formula cleanup on reinstall, install or upgrade.
  3. Homebrew has dropped its support for OS X Mountain Lion (10.8 and below).
  4. With this new version, Homebrew will now offer better performance, as its portable Ruby is now built on OS X Mavericks (10.9).
  5. Debugging git issues is now easier as brew update-reset resets all repositories and taps to their upstream versions.
  6. Homebrew reduces errors when formulae are built from source and also allows the removal of many workarounds for niche issues by filtering all user environment variables.
  7. The team is now attempting to migrate away from Jenkins to a suitable hosted CI provider after a security researcher, Eric Holmes,  identified a GitHub personal access token leak from Homebrew’s Jenkins in 2018.
  8. Homebrew Cask’s downloads are quarantined to provide the same level of security while manually downloading these tools.
  9. Homebrew uses a proper option parser so as to generate the man brew and –help. Users can now expect better feedback on inputting invalid options to formulae or commands. Thus making argument handling more simple and robust.

To know about the other features in detail, head over to Hombrew’s official page.

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