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Last Update: 2018-05-26 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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 • 2009-02-15: Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
 • 2009-02-01: Development Release: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 RC2
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 • 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
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Feature unstable
sid
testing
buster
9
stretch
8.0
jessie
7.0
wheezy
6.0
squeeze
5.0
lenny
4.0
etch
3.1
sarge
3.0
woody
2.2
potato
2.1
slink
2.0
hamm
1.3
bo
1.2
rex
1.1
buzz
Feature
Release Date 2018-05-26 2018-05-26 2017-06-18 2015-04-26 2013-05-04 2011-02-06 2009-02-15 2007-04-08 2005-06-06 2002-07-19 2000-08-15 1999-03-09 1998-07-23 1997-06-05 1996-12-12 1996-06-17 Release Date
End Of Life       2020-05 2018-05 2016-02                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)     28-3700                         Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME         Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o KOffice -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, i386, mips, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, i386, mips, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, i386, mips, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, i386, mips, mipsel, powerpc, ppc64el, s390x amd64, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390x, sparc amd64, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sparc amd64, alpha, arm, armel, hppa, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sparc amd64, alpha, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, m68k, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sparc alpha, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, m68k, mips, powerpc, s390, sparc alpha, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, m68k, mips, powerpc, s390, sparc             Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Upstart SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw Asian Language Support
Full Package List unstable testing 9 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.3 1.2 1.1 Full Package List
Package unstable
sid
testing
buster
9
stretch
8.0
jessie
7.0
wheezy
6.0
squeeze
5.0
lenny
4.0
etch
3.1
sarge
3.0
woody
2.2
potato
2.1
slink
2.0
hamm
1.3
bo
1.2
rex
1.1
buzz
Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.0 2.9.2 2.8.2 2.6.4 2.4.6 2.2.7 1.0.2 0.7.7 -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.16 1.0.13 1.0.8 0.9.0beta12 0.4.1e 0.1.1 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- 14.301.1001 8.980 8.771 8.12 8.28.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4.18 4.4.18 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.1 2.05b 2.05a 2.03 -- -- 2.0 1.14.7 1.14.6 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.0) 9.11.3 9.11.3 9.10.3-P4 9.9.5 9.8.4-P1 9.7.2-P3 9.5.1 9.3.4 9.2.4 8.3.3 8.2.2-P7 8.1.2 8.1.2 4.9.7 4.9.4-P1 4.9.3-P1 bind (9.13.0)
chromium (66.0.3359.181) 66.0.3359.181 62.0.3202.89 59.0.3071.86 41.0.2272.118 26.0.1410.43 6.0.472.63 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.181)
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.7 2.2.7 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.4 1.3.8 1.2.7 1.1.23 1.1.14 1.0.4 -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 3.1.1 3.0.4 3.0.1 2.0pl5 2.0pl4 1.0.2 1.0.2 -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.44.2 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.12 1.41.3 1.39 1.37 1.27 1.18 -- -- 1.10 1.06 1.02 e2fsprogs (1.44.2)
firefox (60.0.1) 60.0.1 52.8.0 52.2.0 31.6.0 10.0.12 3.5.16 3.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (60.0.1)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.2 2.3.7 2.2.1 2.1.7 1.4pre 1.3.1 1.2 1.0 0.3 -- -- freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.1.0) 7.3.0 7.2.0 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.4.5 4.3.2 4.1.1 3.3.5 2.95.4 2.95.2 2.7.2.3 2.7.2.3 2.7.2.1 -- 2.7.2 gcc (8.1.0)
gimp (2.10.2) 2.10.2 2.8.22 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2 2.6.10 2.4.7 2.2.13 2.2.6 1.2.3 1.0.4 1.0.2 1.0.0 0.54.1 -- 0.54.1 gimp (2.10.2)
glibc (2.27) 2.27 2.27 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.11.2 2.7 2.3.6 2.3.2 2.2.5 2.1.3 2.0.7 2.0.7t 1.92 1.92 -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.28.2 3.28.2 3.22.3 3.14.2 3.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.2)
gnucash (3.1-1) 2.6.19 -- 2.6.15 2.6.4 2.4.10 2.2.9 2.2.6 2.0.5 1.8.10 1.6.6 1.3.4 -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.1-1)
gnumeric (1.12.41) 1.12.39 1.12.39 1.12.32 1.12.18 1.10.17 1.10.8 1.8.3 1.6.3 1.4.3 1.0.8 0.47 0.3 -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.41)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.91 0.5.93.1 -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.30 3.22.29 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.4.2 2.20.1 2.12.11 2.8.20 2.6.4 2.0.2 1.0.6 1.0.6 1.0.4 -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.33 2.4.29 2.4.25 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.16 2.2.9 2.2.3 2.0.54 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.3 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46 0.44.1 0.41 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.1) 17.08.3 17.08.3 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.1 1.0.5 0.12.17 0.11.20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.04.1)
kmod (25) 25 25 23 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.3) 4.0.3 4.0.1 3.1.1 2.8.5 2.4.4 2.2.1 1.6.3 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.0.3)
libreoffice (6.0.4) 6.0.4 6.0.4rc1 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1 2.4.1 2.0.4 1.1.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.4)
linux (4.16.12) 4.16 4.16 4.9.30 3.16.7 3.2.41 2.6.32 2.6.26 2.6.18 2.4.27 2.2.20 2.2.16 2.0.36 2.0.34 2.0.29 2.0.27 2.0.0 linux (4.16.12)
Package unstable
sid
testing
buster
9
stretch
8.0
jessie
7.0
wheezy
6.0
squeeze
5.0
lenny
4.0
etch
3.1
sarge
3.0
woody
2.2
potato
2.1
slink
2.0
hamm
1.3
bo
1.2
rex
1.1
buzz
Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.7.2 0.5.10 0.5.6 0.3.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.15) 10.1.29 10.1.29 10.1.23 10.0.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.15)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.20.1 1.20.1 1.16.2 1.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.1.0) 18.0.4 18.0.3 13.0.6 10.3.2 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.0.3 6.5.1 4.3.0 4.2.1 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.2 2.0 1.2.7 mesa (18.1.0)
mysql (8.0.11) 5.7.21 -- -- 5.5.43 5.5.30 5.1.49 5.0.51a 5.0.32 4.0.24 3.23.49 3.22.32 3.21.33b 3.21.31 -- -- -- mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.26.3.1 3.26.3.1 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.30.1 2.20.0 2.14.3 2.8.2 1.0.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) 390.48 390.48 375.66 340.65 304.88 195.36.31 173.14.09 1.0-8776 1.0-7174 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.4.11.1 3.4.7.2 3.3 3.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.1) 8u171 8u171 8u131 7u75 7u3 6b18 6b11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.1)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 3.8.1p1 3.4p1 1.2.3 1.2 -- -- -- -- openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0h 1.1.0h 1.1.0f 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 0.9.8o 0.9.8g 0.9.8c 0.9.7e 0.9.6c -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.2 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.4 5.6.1 5.4.5 5.4.4 5.4.4 5.3.7 5.3.7 5.2 perl (5.26.2)
php (7.2.6) 7.2 7.2 7.0.19 5.6.7 5.4.4 5.3.3 5.2.6 5.2.0 4.3.10 4.1.2 4.0.3pl1 3.0.5 3.0 2.0b10 -- -- php (7.2.6)
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) 5.12.5 5.12.5 5.8.6 4.11.13 4.8.4 4.4.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.5)
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3 3.3 3.1.4 2.11.3 2.9.6 2.7.1 2.5.5 2.3.8 2.1.5 1.1.11 19991231 -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4) 10 10 9.6.3 9.4.1 9.1.9 8.4.5 8.3.6 8.1.8 7.4.7 7.2.1 6.5.3 6.3.2 6.3.2 -- -- -- postgresql (10.4)
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.15rc1 2.7.15rc1 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.5.2 2.4.4 2.3.5 2.1.3 1.5.2 1.5.1 1.5.1 1.4.0 1.4.0 1.3 Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.11.0) 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.6.3 3.3.8b 3.3.7 3.3.4 2.3.1 1.45 1.40 1.33 1.2 -- -- qt (5.11.0)
samba (4.8.2) 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.5.8 4.1.17 3.6.6 3.5.6 3.2.5 3.0.24 3.0.14a 2.2.3a 2.0.7 2.0.5a 1.9.18p8 1.9.17p2 1.9.16p9 1.9.15p4 samba (4.8.2)
systemd (238) 238 238 232 215 44 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.8.0 52.8.0 45.8.0 31.6.0 10.0.12 3.0.11 2.0.0.19 1.5.0.10 1.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.1 5.6 5.3 5.0 4.6 4.5 3.0 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 2.2.6 2.2.0rc2 2.0.3 1.1.3 0.8.6h 0.8.6 0.8.1 0.2.92 -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.2)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.8.3 4.6.2 4.4.2 4.3.99.2 4.0.5 3.8.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.20.0 1.19.6 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.7.7 1.4.2 1.1.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.0)

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Version: 9
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-26
Votes: 0


I started with ubuntu (now tragedy, unfinished), was linux mint (for me a little mulący and zafaszerowany), was Fedora, and others based on debut and arch.
Currently I see only MXlinux on laptop (based on debating, stable, fast, nice and nice to use), Manjaro (based on arch, stable, especially with XFCE environment, fast and easy to use) and Debian - despite the review of various distributions I returned to Debian and it's stable. With XFCE, theme arc and Moka icons, it looks more modern.
The latest version of google chrome, libre office version 5.2.7. So it is not bad. For this safe, fast, light, stable system easy to use with the possibility of installing any programs. Therefore, in spite of archaic installer but efficient, I give him 10.


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Version: 9
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-23
Votes: 4


Very stable! I'm new to Linux, I've tried all the major Linux distributions of today, but I've always come back to Debian, and this despite the fact that it requires a bit more initial configuration than the rest (most; usually, it's about proprietary software).


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Version: 9
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-15
Votes: 3


Really pleased with the netinst. I dind't install any wm/de/x, so you basicly get the "Godlike" apt-get and some gnu tools. After fixing some Nvidia driver issues, for me it's just a Sandbox where you can build upon whatever you like. It also is (at least seems to be) very stable, the only distro out there, which might be more stable than Debian, is Slackware (from which i switched from, you should try it), which lacks packagemanagement with automatic dependency resulution (except 3rd party)


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