Unfortunately a development version of Debian was placed on an
Infomagic CD set ("InfoMagic Linux Developer's Resource 5-CD Set November
1995". Please read the
As a result, there has been no 1.0 release, but a 1.1.
New mailing lists, firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com, have been created to
support discussion among developers and testers of the SPARC and Alpha
ports of Debian, respectively.
What Is Debian GNU/Linux?
Debian GNU/Linux is a complete and powerful Unix-compatible
operating system. The original and still most popular platforms for Debian
GNU/Linux are IBM PC and compatible machines with an 80386 or better
processor and ISA, EISA, VLB, or PCI architecture.
are underway to various other architectures based on other processor chips.
Debian GNU/Linux uses the Linux kernel,
and includes hundreds of software packages, including most
*TeX, and the
*X Window System
(*XFree86 version). Each package is an
independent and modular unit, in that it is not associated with
any particular release of the complete system or distribution scheme.
Anyone can create their own packages and even upload them to be made
available with the distribution or as a part of the distribution.
Debian GNU/Linux is best known for its upgradability.
It is upgradable incrementally and "in place". This means that users
can upgrade individual packages or entire systems when they become
available without having to reformat and reinstall. A user can choose
to upgrade certain new or updated components as they are released, or
she can choose to install an entire new release at once. The package
maintenance system, called dpkg, makes sure that package conflicts and
dependencies are resolved, and it intelligently updates configuration
files to preserve any changes the user made before the upgrade process.