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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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Feature unstable
sid
testing
trixie
12
bookworm
11
bullseye
10
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 2024-05-25 2023-06-11 2023-06-10 2021-08-14 2019-07-06 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             2020-07 2018-05 2016-02                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)       300-3700 300-3700 300-3700                         Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO 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 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 GNOME GNOME GNOME         Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB 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 Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice 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, aarch64, armel, armhf, i686, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, aarch64, armel, armhf, i686, mipsel, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, aarch64, armel, armhf, i686, mipsel, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, aarch64, armel, armhf, i686, mipsel, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x amd64, aarch64, armel, armhf, i386, mips, mipsel, 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 systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV 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 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 Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes 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 12 11 10 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
trixie
12
bookworm
11
bullseye
10
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 (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.4 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 (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.11) 1.2.10 -- 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.8 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 (1.2.11)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 23.0.0 23.0.0 19.1.0 18.1.99 -- 14.301.1001 8.980 8.771 8.12 8.28.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.21 5.2.21 5.2.15 5.1 5.0 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 (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) 9.19.21 9.19.21 9.18.12 9.16.15 9.11.5-P4 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 (9.18.27)
chromium (125.0.6422.112) 125.0.6422.112 125.0.6422.60 113.0.5672.126 90.0.4430.212 73.0.3683.75 59.0.3071.86 41.0.2272.118 26.0.1410.43 6.0.472.63 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (125.0.6422.112)
cups (2.4.8) 2.4.7 2.4.7 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.2.10 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 (2.4.8)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.3 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.4.1 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 (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.1 1.47.1 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.44.5 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 (1.47.1)
firefox (126.0) 126.0 -- -- 78.12.0 60.7.2 52.2.0 31.6.0 10.0.12 3.5.16 3.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (126.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.2 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.9.1 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 (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.0 13.2.0 12.2.0 10.2.1 8.3.0 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 (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.38 2.10.38 2.10.34 2.10.22 2.10.8 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 (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.38 2.38 2.36 2.31 2.28 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 (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.1) 44.9 44.9 43.4 3.38.4 3.30.2 3.22.3 3.14.2 3.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.1)
gnucash (5.6) 5.6 5.6 4.13 4.4 3.4 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 (5.6)
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.57 1.12.57 1.12.55 1.12.48 1.12.44 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 (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.12 2.06 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.91 0.5.93.1 -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 3.24.41 -- 3.24.37 3.24.24 3.24.5 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 (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.59) 2.4.59 2.4.59 2.4.57 2.4.48 2.4.38 2.4.25 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.16 2.2.9 2.2.3 2.0.54 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.59)
inkscape (1.3.1) 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.0.2 0.92.4 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46 0.44.1 0.41 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.1)
k3b (24.05.0) 23.08.3 23.08.3 22.12.3 20.12.2 18.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.1 1.0.5 0.12.17 0.11.20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.0)
kmod (32) 32 31 30 28 26 23 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.2) 5.2.2 5.2.2 5.1.5 4.4.2 4.1.7 3.1.1 2.8.5 2.4.4 2.2.1 1.6.3 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.2)
LibreOffice (24.2.3) 24.2.3 24.2.3 7.4.5 7.0.4 6.1.5 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1 2.4.1 2.0.4 1.1.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.3)
linux (6.9.1) 6.8.9 6.7.12 6.1.27 5.10.46 4.19.37 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 (6.9.1)
Package unstable
sid
testing
trixie
12
bookworm
11
bullseye
10
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 (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.7.2 0.5.10 0.5.6 0.3.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.2.3) 10.11.8 10.11.8 10.11.3 10.5.11 10.3.15 10.1.23 10.0.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.2.3)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.26.2 1.26.2 1.26.0 1.24.1 1.20.4 1.16.2 1.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.0) 23.1.3 -- 22.3.6 20.3.5 18.3.6 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 (24.1.0)
mysql (8.4.0) 8.0.37 -- -- -- -- -- 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 (8.4.0)
nautilus (46.1) 45.2.1 45.2.1 43.2 3.38.2 3.30.5 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 (46.1)
NVIDIA (550.78) 535.161.08 535.161.08 525.105.17 460.91.03 418.74 375.66 340.65 304.88 195.36.31 173.14.09 1.0-8776 1.0-7174 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (550.78)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 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 (22) 11.0.23 -- -- 11.0.12 11.0.3 8u131 7u75 7u3 6b18 6b11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 9.7p1 9.7p1 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 3.8.1p1 3.4p1 1.2.3 1.2 -- -- -- -- openssh (9.7p1)
openssl (3.3.0) 3.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.9 1.1.1k 1.1.1c 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 (3.3.0)
perl (5.38.2) 5.38.2 5.38.2 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.28.1 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 (5.38.2)
php (8.3.7) 8.2.18 8.2.18 8.2.5 7.4.21 7.3.4 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 (8.3.7)
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) 5.27.11 5.27.10 5.27.5 5.20.5 5.14.5.1 5.8.6 4.11.13 4.8.4 4.4.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.0.5)
postfix (3.9.0) 3.9 3.9 3.7.5 3.5.6 3.4.5 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 (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) 16.3 16.3 15.3 13.3 11.4 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 (16.3)
Python (3.12.3) 3.11.8 3.11.8 3.11.2 3.9.2 3.7.3 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 (3.12.3)
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.10 -- 5.15.8 5.15.2 5.11.3 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 (6.7.1)
samba (4.20.1) 4.20.1 4.20.1 4.17.8 4.13.5 4.9.5 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 (4.20.1)
systemd (255.6) 256rc3 255.5 252.6 247.3 241 232 215 44 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (255.6)
thunderbird (125.0) 115.11.0 115.11.0 102.11.0 78.12.0 60.7.2 45.8.0 31.6.0 10.0.12 3.0.11 2.0.0.19 1.5.0.10 1.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (125.0)
vim (9.1) 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.1 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 (9.1)
vlc (3.0.20) 3.0.20 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.16 3.0.7 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 (3.0.20)
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 1.22.0 1.21.0 -- 1.16.0 1.12.0 1.6.0 0.85.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.1 4.18.1 4.16 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 (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.12 21.1.12 21.1.7 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.7.7 1.4.2 1.1.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 12
Rating: 1
Date: 2024-05-24
Votes: 0


Debian, despite its longstanding presence in the Linux community, has several significant drawbacks. Its outdated software repositories mean users often miss out on the latest features and security improvements, which can be frustrating for those needing up-to-date applications. The installation process is cumbersome and less intuitive compared to modern distributions, making it less suitable for beginners. Debian's focus on stability over innovation results in a slower update cycle, delaying important updates. Its default desktop environments can feel bland and outdated. Additionally, the absence of proprietary drivers by default complicates hardware compatibility, making setup more difficult for users with modern hardware. The lack of user-friendly tools and support compared to more popular distributions like Ubuntu further diminishes its appeal.


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Version: 12
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-23
Votes: 8


Debian killed my distro hopping. After years of multi-booting, it was the only distro that never failed me.

It lacks the bloat and questionable decisions of Ubuntu. It upgrades beautifully between major releases, unlike Fedora. Once it is set up and working, it stays that way.

Package selection is great. Cliched complaints about stale packages are mitigated by backports, flatpak, snap, appimage, and the nix and guix package managers. Or just compile the software yourself.

Debian is community based. There is no corporation pushing strange or self-serving decisions. It is probably the most important community based distro we have.

And the ISO *finally* includes the firmware you'll probably need for your hardware.


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Version: 12
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-09
Votes: 85


Debian is a superb distro, fast, light or heavy (depends on your choice), very configurable and with tons of packages and consistently stands out for its reliability and stability. While I occasionally feel the urge to distro-hop, I invariably find myself returning to Debian. Why? Because it simply works.

For those seeking a fast minimalistic distro devoid of unnecessary bloatware, Debian is the ideal choice. Admittedly, some of its software may appear outdated, but this very characteristic contributes to its rock-solid stability. Rather than labeling it as old or outdated, I prefer to describe it as very well tested. It was precisely the fact that it has slightly older packages that drew me to experimenting with various other distributions - Arch, Fedora, Tumbleweed, Manjaro, to name a few in pursuit of bleeding-edge software. Yet, in the end, I’ve come to the realization that the allure of novelty fades quickly when confronted with significant bugs and compatibility issues.

Even within the Debian ecosystem, occasional bugs do arise. However, these instances remain exceptions rather than the rule. Most issues are tied to specific application versions and the Debian community actively addresses them mostly. Personally, I’ve settled into a comfortable rhythm with Debian, while leveraging backports for the kernel and other essential software components that require a more recent version. So it is a win-win solution :)


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