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Debian is a computer operating system composed entirely of free and open source software. The primary form, Debian GNU/Linux, is a popular and influential Linux distribution. Debian is a multipurpose OS, which can be used as a desktop or server operating system.

Debian is known for strict adherence to the Unix and free software philosophies. Debian is also known for an abundance of options - the current release, Debian etch, includes over eighteen thousand software packages for eleven computer architectures. These architectures range from the Intel/AMD 32-bit/64-bit architectures commonly found in personal computers to the ARM architecture commonly found in embedded systems and the IBM eServer zSeries mainframes. Several distributions are based on Debian, including: Ubuntu, MEPIS, Dreamlinux, Damn Small Linux, Xandros, Knoppix, Linspire, sidux, Kanotix, and LinEx, among others It has been estimated via a SLOC-based measure that Debian etch would cost close to US$13 billion if it were developed by proprietary means.

Prominent features of Debian are the APT package management system, strict policies regarding packages, and the quality of releases.[6] These practices afford easy upgrades between releases and easy automated installation and removal of packages. Debian uses an open development and testing process. Debian is developed by over one thousand volunteers from around the world and supported by donations through SPI, a non-profit umbrella organization for various free software projects.

The GNOME default install provides popular programs such as OpenOffice.org, Iceweasel (a rebranding of Firefox), Evolution mail, CD/DVD writing programs, music and video players, image viewers and editors, and PDF viewers. A default installation requires only the first GNOME, KDE or Xfce CD/DVD. The remaining discs, which span four DVDs or over twenty CDs, contain all eighteen thousand extra packages currently available. The preferred method of install is a net install CD, which includes only necessary software and downloads selected packages during the installation via Debian's package manager, APT or Synaptic.[1]

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