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This is the front page of our ["Debian"] Wiki. There are a few good entry points to this wiki and if these do not appeal to you then do a search.

Are you new to Linux? Finding where to start can be a daunting task. There are many places to start and so much information that it can be very confusing. This wiki is a very good place to start as is the [ Main Debian Website]. To help sort out ["?NonLinuxOptions"] versus some of the various ["?LinuxDistributions"] and what Linux is you can look here: [ Introduction to Linux and ]

If you have already decided that ["Debian"] Linux is for you - and you are looking at how to get it then you may just want to dive into Linux ?InstallationHelp or the [ "Getting Debian" section at ]. Please note that these instructions are a little broken. Look for the [ FAQ on installing Debian]. If you are looking to do a net install then you can boot either from a [ CD set which you can buy], a [ CD set which you can download] or a [ floppy boot disk which you can download] (check chapter 4). Other media is also acceptable and you will want to look in [ the Debian GNU/Linux Installation Guide: section 2.2]. Also in the floppy disk case you will need to use a utility (such as [ ntrawrite]) to create BootFloppy. Note that you will not find the FAQ in the [ Getting Debian] links which lead to the floppy disk, but you will find it in the CD-ROM section.

If you have questions, you may want to search the [ Debian Forum] hosted by [ Nabble]. Nabble is currently archiving the Debian mailing lists into a forum. You can browse, search, or post your question to the appropriate sub forum. The UI is clean and the search is good. is another forum available.

You may also be interested in the various DebianBooks.

If you are an experianced user then you can read further. Welcome to our Wiki.


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Current issues

[ Debian 3.1 (Sarge) has been released]. Time for a ["ReleaseParty"]. Unfortunately there are some ["DistUpgradeIssues"]. Please read this before you attempt to upgrade. These problems will be sorted out shortly. If you run into problems please report them.

Obviously the Sarge release also means that we'll start working on the Etch release - see ?"EtchTODOList".

An attempt at structuring discussion about releasing Debian, one of the most controversial discussions in Debian: ["ReleaseProposals"]

Whether you're a ["DebianDeveloper"], a ["DebianUser"], or just stopping by, we hope that you find something useful and fun here. We're glad you're here!

Where to start?

Confused, lost, or generally afraid of Wikiness? ?ReadmeFirst is the place to start. Before creating a page, read the ?TextFormattingRules , try the ?SandBox and search and edit in the existing ones. In any case, it's very important to create a link from an existing page to the new one.

Need help with ["Debian"]? Here to ask a question, or seek advice? Go to QandA and post a question.

You can look at the ?DebianWikiTopics (links to pages by categories and topics - this is a duplicate of the link at the top of this page).

Just want to talk about whatever? ?ChitChat is the place to go.

Start a new thread on ?DiscussionStarters. This is the place where new topics can be started, and developed.

Click the [ Changes] link to see what's been happening on the wiki.

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