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This page gives an introduction to Debian [1] and an overview of related articles.

What is Debian?

Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux.

Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with more than 15490 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.

Debian Version [2]

Version Documentation Comments
Status Name Release number Release
stable Lenny 5.0 [3] [4] The stable version IS the version you should install.
oldstable Etch 4.0 [5] [6] The previous stable version. You should consider upgrading. (It's still supported)
obsolete Sarge 3.1 [7] [8] Obsolete stable version. Don't Install it.
obsolete Woody 3.0 [9] [10] Obsolete stable version. Don't Install it.
obsolete Potato 2.2 [11] [12] Obsolete stable version. Don't Install it.
Development versions
testing Squeeze n/a [13] [14] Development for next stable version. Not for production purpose.
unstable Sid n/a [15] n.a Early test of package. Not for production purpose.

Debian Support [16]


This category has only the following subcategory.

Pages in category "Debian"

The following 65 pages are in this category, out of 65 total.