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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 8710 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.


Getting Started

The latest stable release of Debian is 3.0. The last update to this release was made on November 21st, 2003. 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.

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.


[04 Sep 2004] DEPLOY: Debian project unable to deploy Sender ID
[19 Jun 2004] Debian at LinuxTag 2004
[27 May 2004] Debian Project at LinuxWochen and Wizards of OS
[24 May 2004] Debian Conference 2004
[15 May 2004] Debian mourns the loss of two project members
[06 May 2004] Debian adds integrated XML Support

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 Advisories

[11 Oct 2004] DSA-562 mysql - several vulnerabilities
[11 Oct 2004] DSA-561 xfree86 - integer and stack overflows
[07 Oct 2004] DSA-600 samba - arbitrary file access
[07 Oct 2004] DSA-560 lesstif1-1 - integer and stack overflows
[06 Oct 2004] DSA-559 net-acct - insecure temporary file
[06 Oct 2004] DSA-558 libapache-mod-dav - null pointer dereference
[04 Oct 2004] DSA-557 rp-pppoe - missing privilege dropping
[02 Oct 2004] DSA-556 netkit-telnet - invalid free(3)
[30 Sep 2004] DSA-555 freenet6 - wrong file permissions
[27 Sep 2004] DSA-554 sendmail - pre-set password
[27 Sep 2004] DSA-553 getmail - symlink vulnerability

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.

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