"The Debian development community has officially released
version 5.0 of the venerable open source Linux distribution. The
new version, which is codenamed Lenny, includes updated software,
security enhancements, and improved hardware support.
"Debian is known for its broad architecture support, lengthy
development cycles, and strong ideological commitment to software
freedom. Debian provides the foundation for many popular
derivatives, including Ubuntu and Knoppix. The Debian project has
attracted an enormous community of free software enthusiasts and
has become one of the largest community-driven distributions in
existence. Despite its declining relevance on the desktop, it is an
essential part of the Linux software ecosystem and continues to
serve an important function for its downstream partners.
"Debian 5, which has been under development for almost two
years, includes over 23,000 software packages and is supported on
12 architectures including x86, AMD64, Sparc, PowerPC, and MIPS.
Version 5 introduces a new ARM port that is designed to take
advantage of modern ARM processors."