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DistroWatch.com: Debian

Debian

Last Update: 2017-05-26 06:20 UTC


The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system is called Debian. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel. Linux is a completely free piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. 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 50,000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) - all of it free. 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.

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Debian Summary
Distribution Debian (formerly Debian GNU/Linux)
Home Page http://www.debian.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.debian.org/
User Forums http://forums.debian.net/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.debian.org/doc/
Debianizzati (Italian)
Screenshots http://screenshots.debian.net/DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.debian.org/distrib/ftplist
Debian on CD
Bug Tracker http://bugs.debian.org/
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  Releases, download links and checksums:
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 • 2013-05-05: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 7.0
 • 2011-02-06: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
 • 2009-02-15: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
 • 2009-02-01: Development Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 RC2
 • 2008-11-13: Development Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 RC1
 • 2008-10-24: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5
 • 2008-08-27: Development Release: Debian Live 5.0 Beta 1
 • 2008-07-27: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r4
 • 2008-06-09: Development Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Beta 2
 • 2008-02-17: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r3
 • 2007-12-29: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r7
 • More Debian releases...

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 •2017-05-06 Debian updates install media
 •2017-04-28 Debian axing CD install sets
 •2017-04-25 Debian plans to retire FTP access
 •2017-04-25 Debian port for RISC-V
 •2017-04-16 Debian elects Chris Lamb
 •2017-03-15 Debian packages Android SDK
 •2017-03-13 Debian's Project Leader election
 •2017-02-15 Debian migrating Icedove to Thunderbird
 •2017-02-05 Debian Stretch enters freeze
 •2017-01-15 Debian 8.7 released
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  Number of packages: 534 (download as TXT)
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  •  adjtimex 1.2
  •  afio 2.4.2
  •  apmd 2.4
  •  at 2.9b
  •  bsdmainutils 3.2
  •  cfengine 1.3.8
  •  cpio 2.4.2
  •  cron 3.0pl1
  •  dftp 2.2
  •  dump 0.3
  •  hdparm 3.1
  •  hwtools 0.2
  •  lshell 2.01
  •  lsof 3.65
  •  mdutils 0.34
  •  mingetty 0.9.4
  •  nfsroot 0.4
  •  pcmcia-cs 2.8.22
  •  procmeter 2.2
  •  pwgen 1
  •  qcrack 1.0.1
  •  quota 1.55
  •  rpm 2.2.7
  •  sac 1.3.1
  •  statserial 1.1
  •  sudo 1.5.2
  •  super 3.9.7
  •  sysnews 0.8
  •  taper 6.7.4
  •  tkps 1.4
  •  tob 0.14
  •  vlock 1.0
  •  wg15-locale 2
  •  xsysinfo 1.5
  •  adduser 2.11
  •  ae 962
  •  base-files 1.2.0
  •  base-passwd 1.2.0
  •  bash 1.14.7
  •  bsdutils 3.0
  •  debianutils 1.3
  •  dialog 0.9a
  •  diff 2.7
  •  dpkg 1.4.0.5
  •  e2fsprogs 1.06
  •  fdflush 1.0.0
  •  fileutils 3.13
  •  findutils 4.1
  •  grep 2.0
  •  gzip 1.2.4
  •  hostname 2.0
  •  kbd 0.91
  •  ld.so 1.8.5
  •  lilo 19
  •  loginutils 1.0
  •  makedev 1.5
  •  mawk 1.3.2
  •  mbr 1.0.0
  •  modconf 0.2.1
  •  modules 2.0.0
  •  mount 2.5l
  •  procps 1.11.1
  •  sed 2.05
  •  setserial 2.10
  •  shellutils 1.12
  •  sysklogd 1.3
  •  syslinux 1.30
  •  sysvinit 2.69
  •  tar 1.11.8
  •  textutils 1.19
  •  timezone 7.48
  •  update 1.2
  •  util-linux 2.5
  •  efax 08a
  •  lrzsz 0.12b
  •  mgetty 0.99.2
  •  minicom 1.75
  •  term 2.3.5
  •  uucp 1.06.1
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  •  xringd 1.10
  •  xtel 3.1.1
  •  ilu 2.0.0.6
  •  indent 1.9.1
  •  intercal 0.13
  •  io 1.12
  •  j1 7
  •  kernel-source
  •  lesstif 0.50
  •  libc4 4.6.27
  •  libc5 5.4.13
  •  libdb 1.85.2
  •  libelf0 0.6.4
  •  libg++27 2.7.2.1
  •  libgdbm 1.7.3
  •  libident 0.17
  •  libnet 1.01
  •  libobjects 0.1.19
  •  libpam 0.50
  •  libreadline 2.0
  •  libtclobjc 1.1b3
  •  libwww-perl 5.04
  •  liwc 1.0
  •  m4 1.4
  •  make 3.75
  •  mkrboot 0.4
  •  nasm 0.90
  •  ncurses 1.9.9e
  •  p2c 1.20
  •  perl-tk b11.02
  •  perl 5.003.07
  •  pmake 1.0
  •  postgres95 1.01
  •  publib 0.20
  •  python 1.4.0
  •  ratfor77 1.0
  •  rcs 5.7
  •  slang 0.99.34
  •  strace 3.1
  •  tcl74 7.4p3
  •  tcl75 7.5p1
  •  tcl76 7.6
  •  tclx74 7.4a-p2
  •  tclx75 7.5.2
  •  tix40 4.0.5
  •  tix41 4.1b1
  •  tk40 4.0p3
  •  tk41 4.1p1
  •  tk42 4.2
  •  ucblogo 3.3
  •  win32binutils 2.6.cygnus.960412
  •  win32gcc 2.7.2.cygnus.960412
  •  win32libs 0.0.14
  •  xwpe 1.4.1
  •  xxgdb 1.12
  •  doc-debian 1.2
  •  doc-linux-fr 96.12
  •  doc-linux 96.12
  •  dwww 1.1
  •  emacs-lisp-intro 1.04
  •  glibc 1.92
  •  jargon 4.0.0
  •  man2html 1.5
  •  man 2.3.10
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  •  manpages-es 0.1
  •  manpages-fr 0.1
  •  manpages-it 0.1b
  •  manpages 1.11
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  •  beav 140
  •  ed 0.2
  •  ee 126.1.89
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  •  elvis 2.0
  •  emacs 19.34
  •  jed 0.98b
  •  jedsl 0.98b
  •  joe 2.8
  •  nvi 1.76
  •  sam 4.3
  •  tm 7.93
  •  vim 4.5
  •  wily 0.13.23
  •  xcoral 2.5
  •  xemacs 19.14
  •  acs 019
  •  pcb 1.1.1.2
  •  x10 1.03
  •  acm 4.7
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  •  blast 1.1
  •  cxhextris 1.0
  •  filters 1.0
  •  fortune-mod 9510
  •  gnuchess 4.0.pl77
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  •  infocom 4.01pl2
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  •  mgt 2.31
  •  mirrormagic 1.3
  •  nethack 3.2.1
  •  oneko 1.1b
  •  pente 2.1.11
  •  spider 1.1
  •  tf 35a20
  •  thrust 0.59
  •  wordplay 7.22
  •  xabacus 1
  •  xasteroids 5.0
  •  xbattle 5.4.1
  •  xbl 1.0f
  •  xblast 2.0
  •  xboard 3.4.pl1
  •  xboing 2.3
  •  xconq 7.1.0
  •  xearth 1.0
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  •  xfishtank 2.2
  •  xflip 1.01
  •  xinvaders 1.3
  •  xjewel 1.6
  •  xjig 2.4
  •  xkobo 1.9
  •  xlife 2.0pl8
  •  xmountains 2.4
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  •  xonix 1.4
  •  xpat2 1.04
  •  xpilot 3.5.1
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  •  xroach 1.5
  •  xshogi 1.2p03
  •  xsok 1.01
  •  xtet42 2.02
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  •  xtris 1.01
  •  xtrojka 123
  •  xtron 1.1a
  •  xvier 1.0
  •  glut 3.1
  •  hpscanpbm 0.3a
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  •  libjpeg 6a
  •  libpng 0.89c
  •  libtiff3 3.4beta035
  •  mandelspawn 0.07
  •  mesa 2.0
  •  pixmap 2.6pl4
  •  saoimage 1.19
  •  svgalib 1.210
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  •  transfig 3.1.2a
  •  ucbmpeg 1r2
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  •  xbmbrowser 4.2
  •  xfig 3.1.4b
  •  xloadimage 4.1
  •  xpaint 2.1.1
  •  zgv 2.7
  •  ax25-kernel-source 1.2.1
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  •  p10cfgd 1.0
  •  rspfd 0.04
  •  biff 5.3
  •  compface 89.11.11
  •  deliver 2.1.12
  •  elm 2.4pl25
  •  exmh 1.6.9
  •  itimer 1.00
  •  mailagent 3.44
  •  mailpgp 1.0
  •  mailtools 1.06
  •  mailx 8.5.5
  •  metamail 2.7
  •  mh 6.8.4
  •  mhonarc 1.2.3
  •  mpack 1.5
  •  popclient 3.05
  •  poppassd 1.2
  •  procmail 3.10
  •  sendmail 8.7.6
  •  signify 1.01
  •  smail 3.2
  •  smartlist 3.10
  •  tkmail 4.0beta8
  •  vm 5.95beta
  •  xfaces 3.3
  •  bc 1.03
  •  calc 2.02e
  •  calctool 2.4.9
  •  freelip 1.0
  •  gnuplot 3.5
  •  jgraph 83
  •  netcdf-perl 1.1
  •  netcdf 2.4.3
  •  octave 1.1.1
  •  oleo 1.6
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  •  pgapack 1.0
  •  rpncalc 1.1
  •  slsc 0.2.3
  •  spline 1.0
  •  bbdb 1.51
  •  bible-kjv 4.00
  •  cdwrite 2.0
  •  dbview 1.0.3
  •  dosemu 0.64.1
  •  dosfstools 1.0
  •  eject 1.4
  •  fdutils 4.3
  •  figlet 2.1.1
  •  file 3.19
  •  git 4.3.9
  •  gpm 1.10
  •  hello 1.3
  •  hfsutils 1.17b
  •  ical 2.0p2
  •  journal-dev 1
  •  kernel-package 3.03
  •  ksmbfs 0.3
  •  leave 1.4
  •  less 321
  •  loadlin 1.6
  •  lxtools 1.1
  •  mc 3.2.1
  •  mcvert 2.15
  •  mkisofs 1.05
  •  mmv 1.01b
  •  most 4.6
  •  mtools 3.0
  •  patch 2.1
  •  pc532down 1.1
  •  perforate 1.0
  •  pj-base 1
  •  pj96n05 2
  •  pj96n06 2
  •  pj96n07 1
  •  screen 3.7.1
  •  seesat5 0.90.4
  •  sharutils 4.2.1
  •  sigrot 1.0
  •  svgatextmode 1.4
  •  symlinks 1.0
  •  sysutils 1.2
  •  termcap-compat 1.1.0
  •  time 1.6
  •  tree 1.1.1
  •  umsdos 0.9
  •  unarj 2.41a
  •  unzip 5.12
  •  uudeview 0.5.9
  •  verse 0.14
  •  watchdog 2.0
  •  xcal 4.1
  •  zip 2.01
  •  zlib 1.03
  •  zoo 2.10
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  •  amd upl102
  •  analog 1.91.4
  •  apache 1.1.1
  •  bind 4.9.4-P1
  •  bing 1.0.4
  •  bridge 0.1
  •  cern-httpd 3.0
  •  cfingerd 1.2.2
  •  cgi-scripts 1.0.1
  •  cgiemail 1.1
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  •  dhcpd 0.5.13
  •  diald 0.14
  •  dnsutils 951231
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  •  fsp 2.71
  •  fwtk 1.3
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  •  ipx 1.0
  •  ircd 2.9.32
  •  ircii 2.8.16beta
  •  isdnutils 2.0
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  •  lynx 2.6
  •  mime-support 2.08
  •  mirror 2.8
  •  moxftp 2.2
  •  ncpfs 0.23
  •  ncsa 1.4.2
  •  net-acct 0.4
  •  netatalk 1.4b2
  •  netcat 1.10
  •  netdiag 0.3
  •  netstd 2.08
  •  nis 2.00
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  •  qpopper 2.2
  •  radiusd-livingston 1.16
  •  redir 0.7
  •  rlpr 1.30
  •  rsync 1.6.2
  •  samba 1.9.16p9
  •  scotty 2.0.2
  •  sendfile 1.5
  •  sliphangup 1.4
  •  snarf 1.0
  •  snmp 3.2
  •  squid 1.0.20
  •  tcpdump 3.0.4
  •  tkined 1.3.4
  •  w3-el 2.2.25
  •  weblint 1.017
  •  wu-ftpd 2.4
  •  xinetd 2.1.7
  •  xntp 3.5f
  •  ytalk 3.0.2
  •  zircon 1.17p3
  •  cnews cr.g
  •  inews 2.1
  •  inn 1.4unoff4
  •  knews 0.9.8
  •  nn 6.5.0.b3.linux.1.1
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  •  slrn 0.8.8.4
  •  suck 3.3.2
  •  tin 1.3beta.950824
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Version: 8.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-05-25
Votes: 0


Debian Jessie is pretty much brilliant. It is rare that I need an app or version that is not in the repos and Jessie has an astonishing ability to fix itself after a rogue app manages to break it. Over the last few years I have had a few niggles but nothing serious. On productivity grounds I dumped the default desktop for MATE - hats off for the choice! Integration of desktop features such as Help with the underlying OS could be better, but that's a LInux-wide problem. Still, who better than Debian to drive that forward. A point lost for similarly lost opportunities in UI land.

But there is one real problem, in systemd. It takes away too much choice if we don't like the way it does things (and I don't, too much can go wrong and systems using it are not adequately customisable or supportable). OK you can cut it out, but you have to know too much stuff and muck about with too many apps for that to be a good solution. I am seriously watching Devuan for my next install.


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-22
Votes: 8


Debian is a true Linux powerhouse and deserves to be top.

Pros: Everything just works, an extremely stable distro, huge supportive community and extensive Wiki.

Cons: ?


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-21
Votes: 0


Very, very happy with Debian as OS (with Gnome) for my home computers for more than 5 years.
Cons: Noting.
Pro: stable, documentation, community, security, applications


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