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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 29,000 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine. The current stable distribution of Debian is version 6.0, codenamed squeeze. It was initially released as version 6.0.0 on Feb. 6, 2011 and its latest update, version 6.0.5, was released on May 12, 2012.
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byl33tmyst, May 9, 2009
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
My distro of choice. I use this on my desktop, laptop and server. Can be very stable (if you run lenny, which is currently stable), or cutting edge (if you run sid, which is unstable). If you just want some new software, you can also run stable (lenny) or testing (squeeze) and get packages from sid with backports. If you like Ubuntu and are quite experienced, give Debian a go!
byavinash, May 16, 2009
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
In my list of favorite distros (Debian, Gentoo, Slackware & OpenSuSE), Debian gets my vote for being the most stable Linux distribution for desktop & laptop users. Many people blame Debian for being too slow and infrequent with updates but one could always get the latest software from "testing".

If you're planning to select a distro for professional/corporate setups, I'll recommend Debian.
bympalmeruk, March 31, 2011
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love how flexible and stable this distro is. With very little work you can do your own debootstrap and create your very own version of Debian Squeeze for use in the cloud as well as other virtualization platforms.

Whilst some people complain that this distro can be behind others in terms of older versions of application binaries, I think that its flexibility, stability and minimal install footprint, along with its ability to install as a LiveCD so you can try it out as well without needing to 'commit' to it as a distro, all compensate for any other short comings. Give it a try!!

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