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What is Debian?

Debian GNU/Linux 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 3950 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.


Using Debian

The latest release of Debian is 2.2r4. It was released on November 5th, 2001. Check the information about the stable release:

To get help in using or setting up Debian, see our documentation and support pages.

Users that speak languages other than English should check the international section.

People who use systems other than Intel x86 should check the ports section.

[24 Nov 2001] Debian Project at International Linux Kongress
[22 Nov 2001] Pluto Meeting 2001
[13 Nov 2001] Interview with Hurd developer Neal Walfield
[12 Nov 2001] Debian Project at Hispalinux Congress 2001
[05 Nov 2001] Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r4 released

For older news items see the News Page. If you would like to receive mail whenever new Debian news comes out, subscribe to the debian-announce mailing list. Debian Weekly News is an in-depth summary of what's happened in the world of Debian.

Security Alerts
[16 Dec 2001] DSA-094 mailman
cross-site scripting hole
[12 Dec 2001] DSA-093 postfix
remote DoS
[06 Dec 2001] DSA-092 wmtv
local root exploit
[05 Dec 2001] DSA-091 ssh
influencing login
[05 Dec 2001] DSA-090 xtel
symlink attack

For older security alerts see the Security Page. If you would like to receive security alerts as soon as they're announced, subscribe to the debian-security-announce mailing list.

Help Debian

Debian is developed entirely by volunteers, and we could always use a helping hand. You can contribute in various ways: become a developer, maintain a mirror, donate services or money, help with quality assurance etc.

Useful links

Our site map is an overview of links to all other official Debian web pages; if you didn't find what you were searching for on this page, definitly check it out.

You can also search through the web pages.

Developers' corner

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