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What is Debian?

Debian is one of the oldest Linux distributions, developed by the community-supported Debian Project. Debian Project was established by Ian Murdock, creator of Debian, in 1993, when the first version of the operating system was released. Debian is a popular distribution, especially among personal computers and servers which became the basis for many other popular distributions in the future. The project is guided by the Debian Project Leader and three foundational documents: the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

Debian was announced in the summer of 1993. The name “Debian” is a combination of Ian Murdock’s and his then-girlfriend, later ex-wife, Debra Lynn’s first names. The first internal release, Debian 0.01 was released on September 15, 1993. The first public release was Debian 0.90, which included the Debian Linux Manifesto that outlines its creator’s view about the new operating system.

In 1994 and 1995, Debian Project released 0.9x versions and during this time, it was sponsored by the Free Software Foundation. Debian 1.1 was released in 1996 and the dpkg package manager became an important part of the operating system. After the departure of Bruce Perens, Ian Jackson became the leader in 1998. From 1999, the Debian project decided to elect the project leader yearly.

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