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Although it sounds a lot like bureaucracy, it is the Debian Policy Manual that makes Debian the best operating system.

It describes what packages should contain, how they should be configured, and generally how packages fit together to create a Debian system.

The Debian debian-policy will install the Policy document in the directory /usr/share/doc/debian-policy/, in various formats.

See paragraph 1.4 of the debian policy

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See the Debian Policy team description for information on how Policy is developed and changed.