Debian is a freely distributable operating system (OS) for computers. An operating system is a collection of fundamental applications and tools that enables your computer to function. Debian is based on the Linux kernel (the operating system’s core), but the majority of the fundamental OS tools are provided by the GNU project; therefore the term GNU/Linux.
Linus Torvalds created Linux, which is now backed by thousands of programmers worldwide. However, the effort is underway to offer Debian support for various kernels, most notably the Hurd. The Hurd is a set of servers that operate on top of a microkernel (for example, Mach) and are used to implement various functionality. Hurd is a piece of free software developed by the GNU project.
The GNU project provides the majority of the fundamental tools that comprise the operating system; thus the titles GNU/Linux and GNU/Hurd. Additionally, these tools are free. Of course, what people want is application software: programs that assist them in accomplishing their goals, whether they are editing papers, operating a company, playing games, or building new software. Debian has over 29000 packages (precompiled software that is packaged in an easy-to-install style) — all of which are free.
This operating system is compatible with a wide variety of machines, from palmtops and mobile devices to supercomputers and practically everything in between. Sun SPARC (sparc), HP Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386), IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm, armel), IBM S/390 (s390), AMD64 and Intel EM64T are all supported architectures (amd64).
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