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Debian Redefines Itself with New Release

Apr 17, 2007, 00:45 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"For much of its history, Debian has been the major noncommercial, philosophically free distribution. Now, as Debian developers and users have deserted the distro for Ubuntu, does Debian have a purpose any more? Debian 4.0, which was released this week, represents a collective effort to answer that question. The philosophy behind the release is best summarized on the home page for the Debian on the Desktop subproject, which states, 'We will do everything we can to make things very easy for the novice, while allowing the expert to tweak things.'

"In other words, instead of trying to compete directly with distros like Ubuntu for ease of use, Debian is experimenting with a different approach..."

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