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Noncommercial Linux distro no. 2: Debian

Debian is the second noncommercial Linux distro in a slideshow on options for the enterprise.


Distro no. 2: Debian

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Current version: 5.0.5
Supported hardware platforms: IA-32, IA-64, x86-64, PowerPC, SPARC, Alpha, AMD64, ARM, MIPS, HPPA, S/390
Code base: Debian
Number of users: Unavailable

Debian GNU/Linux, or Debian, is Linux kernel-based but will provide future support for other kernels, including the Hurd. Debian comes pre-loaded with more than 25,000 app packages in an easy installation format. It's the iPhone of sorts for Linux distributions.

Various institutions, including commercial enterprises, nonprofits and government, use Debian. The Vermont Department of Taxes, for example, uses the distribution to power its Web application hosting environment and developer server and cites Debian's advantages over other distributions, including package management, the number of available packages, ease of use, stability, quality documentation, and cost.

The Debian Backports site, which makes packages for hardware support, is being integrated into Debian's infrastructure to alleviate any hardware support gaps. In addition to extensive testing, Debian has forged partnerships with companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co., and some companies have dedicated Debian developer teams to ensure that products work well with the distro.


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