Debian is a popular Linux operating system. It serves as the upstream distribution of Ubuntu and is used on all CSL workstations.

Notable Features

  • It allows you to launch Firefox. For some reason (probably related to Ubuntu/Canonical pushing their snapd package manager), Firefox wouldn't start on workstations after we migrated from AFS to NFS, and Mozilla's builds would get replaced by a stub for the Snap installer, which is absolutely infuriating.

Notable CSL Modifications

  • Unlike the other OSes, workstations are imaged with USBs instead of netboot.


  • Debian releases are codenamed with Toy Story character names. The workstations use version 12, aka bookworm.

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