Debian - The Universal Operating System is an independently developed GNU/Linux distribution. It is probably the biggest operating system in terms of number of packages, contributors, number of distributions dervied from it.

Debian was begun in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, as a new distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU. Debian was meant to be carefully and conscientiously put together, and to be maintained and supported with similar care. It started as a small, tightly-knit group of Free Software hackers, and gradually grew to become a large, well-organized community of developers and users.

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