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The Debian GNU/Linux project

Speaker(s) : Xavier Oswald
Language : Français Level : Newbie Nature : Conference
Date : Thursday 8 July 2010 Schedule : 10h00 Duration : 40 minutes
Place: ENSEIRB - Amphi B
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The talk

  • The Debian project is a community whose goal is to offer a free operating system. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel.
  • Debian is a free operating system for your computer. The operating system is the set of basic software and tools that make your compuer work.
  • Debian uses the Linux kernel (the operating system core), but most of its basic tools come from GNU ; this is where the GNU/Linux name comes from.
  • Debian GNU/Linux is much more than an operating system : it contains 25000 packages ; packages are software modules that were designed and built to easily get installed on your machine.

The speaker

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Xavier Oswald

Xavier Oswald has been using Debian GNU/Linux for 10 years and is a Debian developer since April 2009. He is a member of the board of the French Debian association, and a member of several Debian teams such as : debian-installer (Debian distribution installing suite), pkg-perl (Perl packages), parted (hard drive partitioning tool), debian-edu (Debian distribution designed for education). Xavier works in several Debian package maintenance teams, and contributes to the development of the object compiler and langage based on the Lisaac prototype and on the IsaacOS operation system ( He is currently software developer at Caldera Graphics (