Linux free distro, Debian turns 30

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Debian, the oldest and most popular free Linux distribution, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The distro was founded by Ian Murdock in 1993 and has since become the foundation for many other popular distros, including Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Debian is known for its stability, security, and wide range of software packages. It is also one of the most customizable distros available, making it a popular choice for both beginners and experienced users.

A survey by TrueList found that Debian has a market share of 16%, making it the second most popular Linux distro after Ubuntu. The survey also found that Debian is the most popular distro in China, where it is used by the government and many businesses.

Debian’s success is due in part to its commitment to free software. The distro is released under the GNU General Public License, which allows users to run, study, share, and modify the software. This has made Debian a popular choice for users who want to be in control of their computing environment.

Debian is also known for its long-term support (LTS) releases. LTS releases are supported for up to 10 years, which makes them a good choice for businesses and organizations that need a reliable and stable operating system.

The project is run by a volunteer community of developers and users. They work together to create and maintain the Debian operating system, which is released under the GNU General Public License. This means that the software is free to use, modify, and redistribute.

Debian is used by a wide range of people and organizations, including businesses, governments, and educational institutions. It is also the basis for many other popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Debian Project is holding a series of events around the world. These events will include parties, talks, and workshops. The project is also encouraging people to donate to support its work.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.


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