What is Debian?
* Debian is a project-based around the development of a free, complete operating system based on the work of the GNU Project through the collaboration of volunteers from around the world. The projects primary focus, Debian GNU/Linux, is a popular Linux distribution.
* Debian is known for its adherence to the Unix and free software philosophies and for its abundance of options – the current release includes over fifteen thousand software packages for eleven computer architectures ranging from the ARM architecture commonly found in embedded systems and the IBM eServer zSeries mainframe architecture to the more common Intel x86 and AMD x86-64 architectures found in modern personal computers. Debian GNU/Linux is the basis for several other distributions, including Knoppix, Linspire, and Ubuntu.
* Debian is also known for its package management system (especially APT), strict policies regarding the quality of its packages and releases, and for its open development and testing process. These practices afford easy upgrades between releases without rebooting and easy automated installation and removal of packages.
* Debian is supported by donations through Software in the Public Interest, Inc., a non-profit umbrella organization for free software projects. Continue reading…