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Jul 01, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Of the many Linux distributions available, one of the most endearing is the Debian. Although the other distributions are largely commercial affairs, Debian changes the recipe. Every piece of software that's part of the Debian distribution is about as free as you can get. Debian does not contain any commercial software.

"Although you may see this determination to ensure that Debian is totally free as being a little extreme, it makes sense in the long term. There is a distinct possibility that some Linux vendors may close up shop, change their business direction or adjust their practices in some other way. Thus, the distribution you use today may not be around in 10 years.

"This is not the case with Debian. The Debian project is entirely volunteer-run and doesn't seek to generate profit. This essentially means that, while the will is there to continue to improve Debian, the project will always progress, irrespective of economic matters.

"This article will take a look at Debian, what it can do and a guide to installing it..."

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