Debian on the Desktop

The Universal Operating System as your Desktop

The Debian Desktop subproject is a group of volunteers who want to create the best possible operating system for home and corporate workstation use. Our motto is Software that Just Works. In short, our goal is to bring Debian, GNU, and Linux to the mainstream world. Debian Desktop

Our tenets

How you can help

The most important parts of a Debian subproject aren't mailing lists, web pages, or archive space for packages. The most important part is motivated people who make things happen. You don't need to be an official developer to start making packages and patches. The core Debian Desktop team will ensure that your work is integrated. So here's some things you can do:


We have some articles in our wiki, and our starting point there is: DebianDesktop. Some Debian Desktop wiki articles are outdated.

Mailing List

This subproject is being discussed in the debian-desktop mailing list.

IRC Channel

We encourage anyone (Debian Developer or not) who is interested in Debian Desktop to join #debian-desktop on OFTC IRC (

Who's Involved?

Anyone who wants to be is welcome. Actually, everyone in pkg-gnome, pkg-kde and pkg-xfce groups are indirectly involved. The debian-desktop mailing list subscribers are active contributors. The debian installer and tasksel groups are important for our goals too.

This web page is maintained by Gustavo Franco. Former maintainers were Martin Loschwitz and Colin Walters.