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The Debian Project
The Debian Project is a worldwide association that produces the
Debian distribution, the free operating system (OS) for your
computer. Debian is kernel independent. It currently uses the
Linux kernel but work is in progress to provide Debian for other
kernels, including the Hurd and BSD. A detailed explanation is
found on <http://www.debian.org/>.
The new Release
The current stable release of Debian GNU/Linux is version 3.0. It
was released in July 2002. Since the beginning of 2002 development
has been proceeding on the next version of the entire distribution,
codenamed `sarge', which will be released as Debian 3.1.
Requests for freebies
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