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=== First time around ===
 * [[http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-intro.en.html#s1.2|What is Debian?]]
 * Keep up with the latest news quickly with [[http://www.debian.org/News/weekly|Debian Project News]]
 * Ask your questions and check the beginners guides on the [[http://ask.debian.net|Debian Q&A site]] or on [[http://forums.debian.net/|the Debian forums]]
 * More experienced user may prefer going directly to one of the numerous [[http://lists.debian.org/|mailing lists]]. [[http://lists.debian.org/users.html|Debian-user-* lists]] are normally used for technical help in specific languages.
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=== First time around ===
 * [[http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-intro.en.html#s1.2|What is Debian?]]
 * Keep up with the latest news quickly with [[http://www.debian.org/News/weekly|Debian Project News]]
 * Check the forums: http://forums.debian.net/
 * Ask questions: http://ask.debian.net

Welcome to Debian

This space is maintained by the Welcome Team, a group of current Debian users and developers wanting to help other aspiring or beginner Debian users.

Join us on IRC: #debian-welcome on OFTC

Starting points

First time around

Try or Install Debian

The following files are ISO images which can be used to make a bootable CD or USB key used to start your system with. More details about this, specially how to create such media in other operating systems, are available on the FAQ.

  • To try Debian (and optionally, install it), you can boot from a 64-bit Live CD (GNOME desktop): Debian 6 (stable, aka Squeeze) / Debian 7 (testing, aka Wheezy)

  • To install Debian, multi-architecture installers (32 bit and 64 bit) are also available: Debian 6 / Debian 7

  • Other versions, types and sizes of installers (including installers for older computers, network-based, servers, etc.) are available for more experienced users

Find out more about Debian releases, including community support cycles, release/End-of-Life dates, repositories, etc.

Joining the Debian Community

Expats, welcome

Eventually each distribution's section would move to a page under /Welcome, as content is augmented/improved.


Developer resources

  • Debian derivatives front-desk

  • Utnubu is Ubuntu spelled backwards. One of Ubuntu's activities is frequently redistributing packages originally from Debian to Ubuntu's users. Well, Utnubu is about the reverse, copying packages from Ubuntu to Debian.