First announced in 1993, the Debian name was created by combining the first names of its creator, Ian Murdock with his girlfriend at
the time - Debra Lynn.
Since the release of version 1.1 in 1996, Debian has remained committed to the pursuit of free and open-source software, enabling it
to become one of the most popular linux distributions in the world.
Massive Software Repository
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Debian development is focused on continual improvement and rapid bug fixes. Support is easily obtained through popular mailing lists and website forums. With over a thousand volunteers, Debian has the largest open-source community for any software project.
Arguably the best and easiest to use packaging system for Linux, which has more than 50,000 applications available for free.
With support for a wide range of hardware and CPU architectures, you will be hard-pressed to find a device that won’t run Debian.
Servers running on Debian can often run for years without needing a reboot or experiencing a kernel panic, something which is unheard of for users with experience on other platforms.
Debian is a distribution designed for administrators and developers. Many novice users may feel overwhelmed by Debian as it lacks a GUI interface for many key features.
Like other Linux distributions, Debian is not supported by Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and other Windows & Mac only software.
Debian is strictly open-source and support for popular media formats such as Flash, audio & video needs to be installed as additional steps.
Due to Debian’s open-source philosophy, it is often necessary to source & install hardware drivers for Debian after installation such as for wi-fi cards, graphics cards and peripherals.
Debian is a free and open-source operating system with no costs association with installation or updates.
We offer the latest stable version of Debian. You also have the opportunity to install a specific version of Debian using our IPMI interface.
The Debian security team only supports one stable release of Debian at any given moment. After the release of a new stable version, security updates are provided for the previous version for another year or so.
In general, Debian releases a new major version approximately every 2 years, which gives users about 1 year to upgrade to the next one, and has a total lifetime of about 3 years until when security updates are no longer provided.
Debian is not designed as a desktop operating system.
- Web, database, email or DNS server
- Open-source desktop enthusiasts
- Embedded OS on hardware devices
- Research & data sciences
- Penetration testing & advanced security applications
- Home or office user who requires full interoperability with MS Office or other closed-source software
- Enterprise applications where commercial support is required, here Red Hat or Ubuntu might be a better choice
- Web or Internet servers where Windows software or IIS is required
- Less technical users where the expectation is for software to work out the box
- Applications where very long term security updates are needed for the specific release (more than 3 years) or where regulatory certification is required
Debian has spawned dozens of derivative distributions such as Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Tails, Raspbian, Knoppix & others - many of which use Debian’s package manager and support .deb files for software installation and dependency management.
Debian is not designed as a gaming operating system.
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