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Did You Know A fact from this article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "Did you know?" column on June 28, 2014.
The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that the name of the Debian operating system is a combination of the first names of its creator Ian Murdock and his then-girlfriend Debra?
Current status: Good article

Software by the Debian project[edit]

Being a Linux distribution Debian consists almost entirely of free and open-source software written by 3rd parties. But some software is being developed by Debian, e.g. deb (file format), the Debian installer, Advanced Packaging Tool, and maybe some other stuff. Not sure whether this Debian-own software should get an own section. User:ScotXWt@lk 18:41, 29 August 2016

number of packages[edit]

hi @TheSameGuy:, you seem not to agree to update the historic number of 5x'000 packages referenced by this mail from 2014, as you reverted it here? i am a little unsure which principle you follow to classify the same source for this number in 2014 ok and 2018 as "primary research"? --ThurnerRupert (talk) 07:33, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

"As of [...] still in development"[edit]

I updated the statement after looking at the source, but I'm not sure this doomy-gloomy wording is warranted - as per, Debian has over 1,000 active developers scattered across the globe, huge considering that it is not so much an OS as a distribution. If you include all the upstream people, you'll surely get a count >100,000. If Debian ever became inactive, it would send such shockwaves that we (511 page watchers) would surely remember to revise the article. Agreed? Samsara 13:29, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Disagree. If debian ever become inactive, you will be too busy trying to survive to care about wikipedia. Also, note that wikipedia itself runs on debian, as mentioned on its FAQ, meaning such event could make wikipedia itself stop working either permanently or while in process of switching to different distribution. -- Hkmaly (talk) 18:20, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

Debian default desktop[edit]

Hello, I don't why you have removed the screenshot just because it is not GNOME. Can you give me a source where it is stated that GNOME is the official Debian DE? IIRC Debian has no default desktop environment. And the screenshot is useful because of the Debian mock up (Wallpaper, etc.) Emil Engler (talk) 21:50, 12 July 2019 (UTC)


"The GNOME Desktop task is what is installed by Debian-Installer's Desktop "task" (unless you picked another DesktopEnvironment!)."


"To select the desktop environment that the debian-installer installs, enter "Advanced options" on the boot screen and scroll down to "Alternative desktop environments". Otherwise, debian-installer will choose GNOME."


DistroWatch is a reliable source for this purpose.


about Debian 10: "on the desktop side GNOME Shell with Wayland is the default experience"

Editor-1 (talk) 07:51, 13 July 2019 (UTC)