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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

  • When browsing any of the Debian project web resources, you may find the same content available in other languages by scrolling to the very end of the content you're viewing.

  • What is Debian?

  • Keep up with the latest news quickly with Debian Project News. There is also an official blog (Bits from Debian) where news are frequently posted in English.

  • Ask your questions and check the beginners guides on the Debian Q&A site or on the Debian forums

  • More experienced users may prefer going directly to one of the numerous mailing lists. Debian-user-* lists are normally used for technical help in specific languages.

Try or Install Debian

Debian 7 ("Wheezy") is the current version, released Saturday May 4th 2013. See the announcement, blog post and installation guide and release notes.

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 Live CD (GNOME desktop): Debian 7 (stable, aka Wheezy)

  • More experienced users may want to create a custom LiveCD with the Debian Web Live CD generator or download other versions, types and sizes of installers (including installers for older computers, network-based, servers, etc.).

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 (inactive) 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.