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Linux Distribution: Debian
Url: http://www.debian.org

 
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

About Debian
The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian GNU/Linux, or simply Debian for short.
An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. At the core of an operating system is the kernel. The kernel is the most fundamental program on the computer and does all the basic housekeeping and lets you start other programs.

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide.

However, work is in progress to provide Debian for other kernels, primarily for the Hurd. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run on top of a microkernel (such as Mach) to implement different features. The Hurd is free software produced by the GNU project.

A large part of the basic tools that fill out the operating system come from the GNU project; hence the names: GNU/Linux and GNU/Hurd. These tools are also free.

Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 8710 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) ??

It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the software that you run on the computer. At the top of the tower is Debian ?? carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together
Debian will run on almost all personal computers, including most older models. Each new release of Debian generally supports a larger number of computer architectures. For a complete list of currently supported ones, see the documentation for the stable release.


Releases:
2009-02-03 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 RC2 has been released    View
The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second release candidate of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny.
2008-11-14 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 RC1 is available    View
The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the first release candidate of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny.
2008-10-24 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5 has been released    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (code name 'Etch'). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated. Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the Aptitude (or APT) package tool to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors.
2008-08-29 00:00:00.0 Debian Live 5.0 Beta 1 has been released    View
The Debian Live team is pleased to announce the first beta of Debian Lenny's Live images. This is the first official release of Debian Live and the whole team has been working hard during the past 2.5 years to make Debian's own live systems become a reality. Main features: 100% Debian; Live Magic - a GUI front-end around the live-helper scripts, offering a subset of the features of live-helper in an easy-to-use graphical user interface; Live Installer - a special udeb for the Debian Installer that installs the system from the live image.
2008-07-28 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r4 has been released    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). In addition to correcting several security problems and a few serious defects in the stable release, for the first time in Debian's history an update for a stable distribution also adds support for newer hardware by giving users the option to install newer drivers. Existing Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 installation CDs and DVDs can continue to be used to install this update. After installation, upgrading via an up-to-date Debian mirror will cause any out of date packages to be updated. However, users of the network-console installation method are strongly encouraged to update their media, see the "Debian Installer" portion of this announcement for more information. Those who install updates frequently from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
2008-06-11 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Beta 2 is available    View
The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second beta release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny. Improvements in this release of the installer
  • This new version of the installer uses and installs the 2.6.24 kernel.
  • Support for the armel (arm little endian) architecture, using the new Embedded ABI. Note that none of the currently supported systems support installing from CD images.
  • Installer images for i386 and amd64 have a new boot menu using syslinux's vesamenu. This allows for a more user-friendly selection of for example the regular or graphical installer. For the multi-architecture CD/DVD images this change means the 64-bits version of the installer needs to be selected manually from the menu. See the Installation Guide for details on how to use the new menu.
  • The graphical installer now has full support for encrypted partitioning.
  • Support for column alignment in cdebconf resulting in improved language selection in the graphical installer. This will be extended to other installer components (notably the partitioner) in future releases.
  • Many improvements in the component for language, country and locale selection. The most visible are that it's now possible to back up between dialogs within the component and that the overly long full country list has been split into separate dialogs for continent and country.
  • The installer will warn users when the translation of the installer to their language is incomplete and displays which language(s) the installer will fall back to.
  • Improved support for mouse configuration for the graphical installer makes use of a serial mouse possible.
  • The relatime file system mount option is now usable.
  • Issues during installs from CD/DVD due to the addition of support for multiple CDs have been resolved.
  • When using the KDE or Xfce CD images it is now possible to select additional tasks, similar to the normal CD set (which by default installs GNOME).
  • The following additional languages are now supported: Marathi (only in the graphical installer).
2008-02-18 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r3 is available    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update against ftp.debian.org after an installation, in order to incorporate those late changes.
2007-12-31 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r7 has been released    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the seventh update of its old stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1. This is the first time we update the old stable distribution during the lifetime of the stable distribution. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. With this release the installation system for sarge gains full support for installing 'oldstable' from network mirrors. This includes base-config. The installer also uses and supports the updated kernels included in this revision.
2007-12-31 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r2 has been released    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. The installer has been updated to use and support the updated kernels included in this release. This change causes old 'netboot' and floppy images to stop working; updated versions are available from the regular locations. Other changes include stability improvements in specific situations, improved serial console support when configuring GRUB, and added support for SGI O2 machines with 300MHz RM5200SC (Nevada) CPUs (mips).
2007-08-17 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r1 has been released    View
The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (code name Etch). This update adds security updates to the stable release, together with a few corrections to serious problems. As always, the first point release also corrects a few issues that have been noticed too late in the release process to stop the release, but still should be fixed. This point release for Etch also includes an updated release of the installer, which includes the following changes: kernels used in the installer have been updated to ABI 2.6.18-5; updated mirror list; support added for certain USB CD drives that were not being detected; incorrect setup of GKSu fixed when user chooses to install with the root account disabled....
2007-04-09 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r6 is available now.    View
The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename 'Sarge'). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. In preparation for the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename 'Etch'), Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 will be moved to the 'oldstable' part of the archive. Users who would like to continue using Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 are advised to update their sources.list network sources to refer to 'sarge' instead of 'stable'. Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 but only updates some of the packages included
2007-04-09 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is available now.    View
The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 4.0, code-named 'etch'. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of eleven processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments. It also features cryptographic software and compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.1 of the LSB. Using a fully integrated installation process, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 comes with out-of-the-box support for encrypted partitions.
2006-11-07 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r4 is released    View
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (code name 'sarge'). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. No new installation images will be created. Users are advised to update their system against an official Debian mirror after a new installation and update the kernel instead.
2006-09-01 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r3 has been released now    View
The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1. This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems.
2006-04-21 00:00:00.0 Debian From Scratch 0.99.0 has been released now    View

Debian From Scratch 0.99.0 has been released now, for more information visithere.

2006-04-19 00:00:00.0 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Updated (r2) now    View

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Updated (r2) now, for more information visithere.

2006-04-10 00:00:00.0 Debian Project Leader Election 2006 Results is available    View

Debian Project Leader Election 2006 Results is available, for more information visithere.

 
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