Debian 5.0 - The universal operating system

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 25000 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.


Getting Started

The latest stable release of Debian is 5.0. The last update to this release is 5.0.7 and was made on November 27th, 2010. 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.


[15 Dec 2010] Debian 6.0 Squeeze to be released with completely free Linux Kernel
[27 Nov 2010] Updated Debian GNU/Linux: 5.0.7 released
[16 Nov 2010] Debian 6.0 Squeeze: Call for Upgrade and Installation tests
[16 Nov 2010] Debian Women IRC Training Sessions
[02 Nov 2010] Mini-DebConf in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during FOSSASIA 2010
[19 Oct 2010] Debian to officially welcome non-packaging contributors

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

[06 Jan 2011] DSA-2142 dpkg - directory traversal
[06 Jan 2011] DSA-2141 openssl - SSL/TLS insecure renegotiation protocol design flaw
[05 Jan 2011] DSA-2140 libapache2-mod-fcgid - stack overflow
[31 Dec 2010] DSA-2139 phpmyadmin - several vulnerabilities
[29 Dec 2010] DSA-2138 wordpress - SQL injection
[26 Dec 2010] DSA-2137 libxml2 - several vulnerabilities
[21 Dec 2010] DSA-2136 tor - buffer overflow
[21 Dec 2010] DSA-2135 xpdf - several vulnerabilities
[18 Dec 2010] DSA-2134 - upcoming changes in advisory format
[13 Dec 2010] DSA-2133 collectd - denial of service

For older security advisories see the Security Page. If you would like to receive security advisories as soon as they're announced, subscribe to the debian-security-announce mailing list.