ServerWatch: Back to Linux Basics With Debian GNU/Linux
Apr 06, 2004, 07:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)
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"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..."