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What is Debian?

Debian 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.


Getting Started

The latest release of Debian is 2.2r3. It was released on April 17th, 2001. Release information is available; information can be found there about what's new in Debian 2.2r3, notes on how to upgrade, and an Installation Manual suitable for new users.

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


[30 Jun 2001] Debian Expo and Conference Week
[03 Jun 2001] Debian Project at Linux Expo in Italy
[27 May 2001] Debian Project at two exhibitions
[14 May 2001] Debian Project at two more exhibitions
[01 May 2001] Debian Project at two exhibitions
[17 Apr 2001] Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r3 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

[23 Jun 2001] DSA-065 samba - remote file append/creation
[17 Jun 2001] DSA-063 xinetd - change default umask
[16 Jun 2001] DSA-062 rxvt - buffer overflow
[16 Jun 2001] DSA-061 gnupg - printf format attack
[16 Jun 2001] DSA-060 fetchmail - buffer overflow
[12 Jun 2001] DSA-059 man-db - symlink attack
[10 Jun 2001] DSA-058 exim - local printf format attack
[08 May 2001] DSA-057 gftp - printf format attack
[08 May 2001] DSA-056 man-db - local file overwrite
[07 May 2001] DSA-055 zope - remote unauthorized access

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.

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