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Debian is one of the oldest and largest distributions, and the foundation of almost two-thirds of all the current distributions, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, MX Linux, Knoppix, and Pop!_OS. Debian's popularity is due mainly to its strict packaging guidelines and its frequent security updates. Although Debian rarely has the latest packages, it can be trusted for its security on networks and home workstations alike.

Debian 12, codenamed bookworm after a character in the Toy Story movies, was released on June 10, 2023. Debian 12.1 is its first update. Like all Debian point releases, Debian 12.1 contains all the security and bug fixes released separately since the previous release plus a few extras – in this case, over 100 changes total, as detailed in the official announcement of the release (https://www.debian.org/News/2023/20230722.en.html). The result is a stable and secure operating system for new and existing users alike.

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