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Debian vs CentOS

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Debian (/ˈdɛbiən/) is an operating system composed of Free Software mostly carrying the GNU General Public License. The operating system is developed by an Internet collaboration of volunteers aligned with The Debian Project. –Editor's choicemore
CentOS (abbreviated from Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide a free, enterprise class, community-supported computing platform which aims to be 100% binary compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). In January 2014, it was announced that CentOS was officially joining forces with Red Hat while staying independent from RHEL, under a new CentOS Governing Board. –Editor's choicemore
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Company / developerDebian ProjectThe CentOS Project, (Affiliated with Red Hat)
OS familyUnix-likeUnix-like
Working stateCurrentCurrent
Source modelOpen-sourceFree and open source software
Initial releaseAugust 16, 1993; 20 years ago (1993-08-16)14 May 2004; 10 years ago (2004-05-14)
Latest release7.5 ("Wheezy") (April 26, 2014; 37 days ago (2014-04-26)) 6.5 (1 December 2013; 5 months ago (2013-12-01)), 5.10 (19 October 2013; 7 months ago (2013-10-19))
Available in73 languagesMultilingual
Update methodAPT (several front-ends available)Yum (PackageKit)
Package managerdpkgRPM Package Manager
Supported platformsIA-32, x86-64, PowerPC, SPARC, ARM, MIPS, S390x86-64, x86 with PAE support
Kernel typeMonolithic: Linux, kFreeBSD (unstable: Micro: Hurd)Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceGNOMEGNOME and KDE (user-selectable)
LicenseFree software (mainly GPL). Proprietary software in a separate (non-default) repository.GNU GPL and various others
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