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On this day February 14th, Debian joins the Free Software Foundation Europe in celebration of “I Love Free Software” day. This day takes the time to appreciate and applaud all those who contribute to the many areas of Free Software.

Debian sends all of our love and a giant “Thank you” to the upstream and downstream creators and maintainers, hosting providers, partners, and of course all of the Debian Developers and Contributors.

Thank you for all that you do in making Debian truly the Universal Operating System and for keeping and making Free Software Free!

Send some love and show some appreciation for Free Software by spreading the message and appreciation around the world, if you share in social media the hashtag used is: #ilovefs


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Debian is able to accept direct equipment donations but not other donations at this time.

Equipment and services

Debian also relies on the donation of equipment and services from individuals, companies, universities etc to keep Debian connected to the world.

If your company has any idle machines or spare equipment (hard drives, SCSI controllers, network cards, etc) lying around, please consider donating them to Debian. Please contact our hardware donations delegate for details.

Debian maintains a list of hardware that is wanted for various services and groups within the project.


(most valuable of all)

There are many ways to help Debian using your personal or work time.


  • You can simply test the operating system and the programs provided in it and report any not yet known errata or bugs you find using the Bug Tracking System. Try to browse also the bugs associated with packages you use and provide further information, if you can reproduce the issues described in them.
  • You can help with the testing of installer and live ISO images.

User Support

  • If you are an experienced user you can help other users through the user mailing lists or by using the IRC channel #debian. For more information on support options and available sources read the support pages.


Debian is not able to accept any cryptocurrencies at this time but we are looking into being able to support this method of donation.


The following are lists of organizations that have made donations of equipment or services to Debian:


  • You can help writing documentation either by working with the official documentation provided by the Debian Documentation Project or by contributing at the Debian Wiki.
  • You can tag and categorise packages on the debtags website so that our users can more easily find the software they are looking for.




Debian Code of Conduct

Version 1.0 ratified on April 28th, 2014.

The Debian Project, the producers of the Debian system, have adopted a code of conduct for participants to its mailinglists, IRC channels and other modes of communication within the project.

Debian Code of Conduct

  1. Be respectfulIn a project the size of Debian, inevitably there will be people with whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that, but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel threatened is not a healthy community.
  2. Assume good faithDebian Contributors have many ways of reaching our common goal of a free operating system which may differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards this goal.Note that many of our Contributors are not native English speakers or may have different cultural backgrounds.
  3. Be collaborativeDebian is a large and complex project; there is always more to learn within Debian. It’s good to ask for help when you need it. Similarly, offers for help should be seen in the context of our shared goal of improving Debian.When you make something for the benefit of the project, be willing to explain to others how it works, so that they can build on your work to make it even better.
  4. Try to be conciseKeep in mind that what you write once will be read by hundreds of persons. Writing a short email means people can understand the conversation as efficiently as possible. When a long explanation is necessary, consider adding a summary.Try to bring new arguments to a conversation so that each mail adds something unique to the thread, keeping in mind that the rest of the thread still contains the other messages with arguments that have already been made.Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly large.
  5. Be openMost ways of communication used within Debian allow for public and private communication. As per paragraph three of the social contract, you should preferably use public methods of communication for Debian-related messages, unless posting something sensitive.This applies to messages for help or Debian-related support, too; not only is a public support request much more likely to result in an answer to your question, it also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made by people answering your question will be more easily detected and corrected.
  6. In case of problemsWhile this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of some of the guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However, regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion.Serious or persistent offenders will be temporarily or permanently banned from communicating through Debian’s systems. Complaints should be made (in private) to the administrators of the Debian communication forum in question. To find contact information for these administrators, please see the page on Debian’s organizational structure.

Further reading

Some of the links in this section do not refer to documents that are part of this code of conduct, nor are they authoritative within Debian. However, they all do contain useful information on how to conduct oneself on our communication channels.

Updates to this code of conduct should follow the normal GR procedure. However, the DPL (or the DPL’s delegates) can add or remove links to other documents in the “Further reading” section after consultation with the project and without requiring a GR.


Debian Social Contract

Version 1.1 ratified on April 26, 2004. Supersedes Version 1.0 ratified on July 5, 1997.

Debian, the producers of the Debian system, have created the Debian Social Contract. The Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) part of the contract, initially designed as a set of commitments that we agree to abide by, has been adopted by the free software community as the basis of the Open Source Definition.

Social Contract with the Free Software Community

  1. Debian will remain 100% freeWe provide the guidelines that we use to determine if a work is free in the document entitled The Debian Free Software Guidelines. We promise that the Debian system and all its components will be free according to these guidelines. We will support people who create or use both free and non-free works on Debian. We will never make the system require the use of a non-free component.
  2. We will give back to the free software communityWhen we write new components of the Debian system, we will license them in a manner consistent with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We will make the best system we can, so that free works will be widely distributed and used. We will communicate things such as bug fixes, improvements and user requests to the upstream authors of works included in our system.
  3. We will not hide problemsWe will keep our entire bug report database open for public view at all times. Reports that people file online will promptly become visible to others.
  4. Our priorities are our users and free softwareWe will be guided by the needs of our users and the free software community. We will place their interests first in our priorities. We will support the needs of our users for operation in many different kinds of computing environments. We will not object to non-free works that are intended to be used on Debian systems, or attempt to charge a fee to people who create or use such works. We will allow others to create distributions containing both the Debian system and other works, without any fee from us. In furtherance of these goals, we will provide an integrated system of high-quality materials with no legal restrictions that would prevent such uses of the system.
  5. Works that do not meet our free software standardsWe acknowledge that some of our users require the use of works that do not conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We have created



    areas in our archive for these works. The packages in these areas are not part of the Debian system, although they have been configured for use with Debian. We encourage CD manufacturers to read the licenses of the packages in these areas and determine if they can distribute the packages on their CDs. Thus, although non-free works are not a part of Debian, we support their use and provide infrastructure for non-free packages (such as our bug tracking system and mailing lists).

The Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG)

  1. Free RedistributionThe license of a Debian component may not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several different sources. The license may not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.
  2. Source CodeThe program must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form.
  3. Derived WorksThe license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original software.
  4. Integrity of The Author’s Source CodeThe license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified form only if the license allows the distribution of patch files with the source code for the purpose of modifying the program at build time. The license must explicitly permit distribution of software built from modified source code. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original software. (This is a compromise. The Debian group encourages all authors not to restrict any files, source or binary, from being modified.)
  5. No Discrimination Against Persons or GroupsThe license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.
  6. No Discrimination Against Fields of EndeavorThe license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.
  7. Distribution of LicenseThe rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.
  8. License Must Not Be Specific to DebianThe rights attached to the program must not depend on the program’s being part of a Debian system. If the program is extracted from Debian and used or distributed without Debian but otherwise within the terms of the program’s license, all parties to whom the program is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the Debian system.
  9. License Must Not Contaminate Other SoftwareThe license must not place restrictions on other software that is distributed along with the licensed software. For example, the license must not insist that all other programs distributed on the same medium must be free software.
  10. Example LicensesThe GPL, BSD, and Artistic licenses are examples of licenses that we consider free.

The concept of stating our social contract with the free software community was suggested by Ean Schuessler. This document was drafted by Bruce Perens, refined by the other Debian developers during a month-long e-mail conference in June 1997, and then accepted as the publicly stated policy of the Debian Project.

Bruce Perens later removed the Debian-specific references from the Debian Free Software Guidelines to create The Open Source Definition.

Other organizations may derive from and build on this document. Please give credit to the Debian project if you do.