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ServerWatch: Back to Linux Basics With Debian GNU/Linux

Apr 06, 2004, 07:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"As the bigger guns in the enterprise Linux space move to commercialize their software as much as possible, the Debian project continues to provide a Linux distribution that offers organizations the sort of commodity infrastructure for which Linux was originally known.

"First launched in 1993, the Debian project is run as a distributed democracy, electing project leaders and hammering out assorted issues via a wide array of mailing lists and strict adherence to the project's social contact, a statement of purpose designed to keep the fruits of its labors free and open.

"Debian GNU/Linux is largely distinguished by rigorous quality assurance, a wide range of platform support (11 architectures so far), and solid package management tools that make staying up to date and secure a snap.

"The Linux distro is obtained in several forms. Organizations can purchase it from Linux CD distributors, as a download of CD images, as a network installation from a set of boot floppies, and through a novel system called jigdo, which makes assembling a Debian CD from the project's global network of mirrors relatively simple and fast..."

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