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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Debian
  Debian GNU/Linux
  
      /deb'ee`n/, *not* /deeb'ee`n/ The
     non-profit volunteer organisation responsible for Debian
     GNU/{Linux">GNU/{Linux and Debian GNU/{Hurd}.  Debian's Linux
     distribution is dedicated to free and open source software;
     the main goal of the distribution is to ensure that one can
     download and install a fully-functional operating system
     that is completely adherent to the Debian Free Software
     Guidelines (DFSG).
  
     Debian was begun in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, and was
     sponsored by the Free Software Foundation from November 1994
     to November 1995.  The name Debian is a contraction of DEB(ra)
     and IAN Murdock.
  
     Debian's packaging system (dpkg) is similar to other popular
     packaging systems like RPM.  There are over 2200 packages of
     precompiled software available in the main (free) section of
     the Debian 2.1 distribution alone -- this is what sets Debian
     apart from many other Linux distributions.  The high quality
     and huge number of official packages (most Debian systems'
     /usr/local/ remains empty -- almost everything most Linux
     users want is officially packaged) are what draw many people
     to use Debian.
  
     Another unique aspect to the Debian project is the open
     development; pre-releases are made available from Day 1 and if
     anyone wishes to become a Debian developer, all that is needed
     is proof of identification and a signed PGP or GPG key.
     There are over 400 Debian developers all around the world --
     many developers have never met face-to-face, and most
     development talks take place on the many mailing lists and
     the IRC network.
  
     http://debian.org/)">(http://debian.org/).
  
     ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian)">Debian Linux archives (ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian).
  
     (1999-02-23)
  

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