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 3950 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.
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.
[14 Nov 2000] Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r1 released
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[12 Nov 2000] bind - remote Denial of Service
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