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 over 18733 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.


Getting Started

The latest stable release of Debian is 4.0. The last update to this release was made on February 17th, 2008. Read more about available versions of Debian.

If you'd like to start using Debian, you can easily obtain a copy, and then follow the installation instructions to install it.

If you're upgrading to the latest stable release from a previous version, please read the release notes before proceeding.

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

Users that speak languages other than English should check the international section.

People who use systems other than Intel x86 should check the ports section.


[27 Apr 2008] Debian is participating in the 2008 Google Summer of Code
[13 Apr 2008] Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated
[29 Feb 2008] Security Support for Debian 3.1 to be terminated
[17 Feb 2008] Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated
[28 Dec 2007] Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated
[27 Dec 2007] Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

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.

Security Advisories

[11 Jul 2008] DSA-1607 iceweasel - several vulnerabilities
[09 Jul 2008] DSA-1606 poppler - programming error
[08 Jul 2008] DSA-1605 glibc - DNS cache poisoning
[08 Jul 2008] DSA-1604 bind - DNS cache poisoning
[08 Jul 2008] DSA-1603 bind9 - DNS cache poisoning
[05 Jul 2008] DSA-1602 pcre3 - buffer overflow
[04 Jul 2008] DSA-1601 wordpress - several vulnerabilities
[01 Jul 2008] DSA-1600 sympa - dos
[26 Jun 2008] DSA-1599 dbus - programming error
[19 Jun 2008] DSA-1598 libtk-img - buffer overflow

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