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About Debian & How to Get It's Distribution

The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian GNU/Linux, or simply Debian for short.

An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. At the core of an operating system is the kernel. The kernel is the most fundamental program on the computer and does all the basic housekeeping and lets you start other programs.

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide.

However, work is in progress to provide Debian for other kernels, primarily for the Hurd. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run on top of a microkernel (such as Mach) to implement different features. The Hurd is free software produced by the GNU project.

A large part of the basic tools that fill out the operating system come from the GNU project; hence the names: GNU/Linux and GNU/Hurd. These tools are also free.

Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 25000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) — all of it free.

It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the software that you run on the computer. At the top of the tower is Debian — carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together.

Debian GNU/Linux is distributed freely over Internet. You can download all of it from any of our mirrors. The Installation Manual contains detailed installation instructions.

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Use Internet to download additional files during installation.



Download small image


These small "netinst" images can be downloaded quickly and should be recorded onto a CD/DVD/USB disk. These allow you to download only those Debian packages that you actually want, but require an Internet connection on the machine you are installing Debian onto.



* 32-bit PC netinst iso

* 64-bit PC netinst iso


Download large installation images

Useful when the install target has no Internet connection. The CD/DVD images can be downloaded using HTTP/FTP, BitTorrent, or Jigdo.

The large CD and DVD images contain more packages, making it easier to install machines without an Internet connection. However, if you get a whole set of CDs or DVDs, you will get a lot of packages that you won't actually use.

* 32-bit PC torrents

* 64-bit PC torrents

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