The Debian project has recently release version 6 of the operating system which has been in development for 2 years.
This release does not contain a lot of new features – unlike new releases for other Linux products like Ubuntu or Fedora. However, this fact may be a feature for some Debian users who appreciate the stability of the product. IT managers will not have to set up upgrades for the company computer system or training sessions for the workers. The software included in the release typically has been tested and most bugs have been worked out.
Some features that are included in the Debian release include the Google Chrome web browser and the latest versions of GNOME and KDE 4. An interesting software inclusion is OpenOffice.org. Other Linux releases have switched to LibreOffice which is a version of OpenOffice.org that will remain free no matter what Oracle decides to do with the licensing of OpenOffice.org. Debian has already made the switch. Debian has also taken some ideas from other Linux applications; some of the software management tools from Ubuntu are now available in Debian. Ubuntu’s Software Center and Management Update Tools are part of the Debian version 6 release.
For installation, you can use a network-based install media which allows all of the pending updates to be grabbed during the installation. There is also a LiveCD version available which allows users to try out the system before they install it on their hard drive. Debian has also managed to remove all non-free firmware from the installation.
Debian 6 offers stability for users who enjoy open source and the freedom it offers.