Birthday Anniversaries are often just an excuse to have fun. Debian is a bit different though. Debian’s birthday parties are great opportunities to network, solve problems and to celebrate one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, sharing software globally.
One of the few regrets in my life has been not getting involved with Debian in my younger days. I fell for the FUD that told me Debian GNU/Linux was “too hard” and “not friendly to newbies”. Those are just not true. Even a newbie is further ahead using Debian GNU/Linux than many other distros because of the “stable” flavour being so reliable and the great packaging manager that is APT. Then there is the one-stop shopping for applications in the Debian repositories (just like an app store only it’s all Free Software (OK, a bit is non-Free but it’s still $0)). Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful system that even a newbie can install and use easily.
Getting started with Debian is as easy as browsing to Goodbye-Microsoft.com (and using that other OS to overwrite iteself) or downloading a USB storage image or CD image and installing on a bootable device. The .iso files for CD can be copied to devices with GNU/Linux “dd” command to create bootable USB drives with the installer.