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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

Debian#Installation_and_Live_images: Cinnamon[edit]

  1. Cinnamon (software) is available in the Debian repositories, but is it available as Live Disk?
  2. Probably KDE Plasma 5 should replace KDE Software Compilation. User:ScotXWt@lk 10:16, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Debian Project vs. Debian Distribution[edit]

The article should better reflect these two entities: Debian Project = People (and their form of organization) developing/maintaining the Debian Distribution = an Operating System. User:ScotXWt@lk 10:19, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

I agree, the article contains too much stuff about too many things. That's one of the reasons I moved the version history section into its own article. Stefán Örvar Sigmundsson (talk) 11:19, 28 July 2017 (UTC)


Debian is available in binary form, i.e. compiled. But primarily it is a source code from third parties + patches by Debian (and third parties).

  1. I think this fact should be made much more clear!
  2. The used compilation toolchain should be 1) mentioned and 2) documented in this article. Source : e.g.
  3. This is not only relevant per se, but especially because Debian and Ubuntu are IMHO not binary compatible, because even though they use identical (in most cases) source code, they are compiled with different compiler versions/options. User:ScotXWt@lk 10:24, 28 July 2017 (UTC)