Description for the Poster @ Linuxtag 2014, thanks to Jan Dittberner for providing a German version

English Description

The Debian project involves many individuals working together to build a distribution. Continuous development and improvements with this common goal have created the distribution known as "Debian".

The toolkit used is primarily based on the free utilities from the GNU project, hence it's also named "Debian GNU/Linux". There is also a port called Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, based on the FreeBSD kernel, which also includes most of the standard Debian packages.

It is possible to run Debian on most hardware, including older machines. Each new Debian stable release supports quite a number of architectures - 11 in the case of the current stable release.

The current Debian stable release (which is called Debian 7 or “Wheezy”) was released in early May 2013 and includes more than 36,000 packages.

Debian 7 comes with a completely free Linux kernel, without any closed-source firmware blobs. This new release provides many interesting features such as multi-architecture (multiarch) support, specific tools to set up private clouds, an improved installer and a full suite of multimedia codecs (and front-ends).

Multiarch support allows users to install most packages of different architectures on the same system, with all dependencies resolved automatically.

The installation process has seen much improvement. Debian can be installed via speech synthesizer to support blind people who can't use a Braille system. The installer is available in 73 languages, of which more than a dozen support speech synthesis. Debian 7 also supports installation and operation on 64bit PCs using UEFI.

There are many posibilites to contribute to Debian and be part of it - just ask at the booth.