Debian GNU/Linux 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 4250 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.
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The latest release of Debian is 2.2. It was released on August 14th, 2000. Release information is available; there you can find information about what's new in Debian 2.2, notes on how to upgrade, and an Installation Manual, suitable for new users.
[15 Aug 2000] Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, the "Joel 'Espy' Klecker" release, is officially released
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Software in the Public Interest, the non-profit umbrella organization that manages Debian's assets, is dedicated to making sure the hardware on your machine can be used with any operating system.
Please see the Open Hardware Certification Program.