Download Debian Linux 5 Lenny ISO / CD / DVD Images

by on February 15, 2009 · 40 comments· LAST UPDATED October 18, 2013

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Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 has been released ( jump to download ) after 22 months of constant development and available for download in various media format. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments. It also features compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.2 of the LSB.

Update: There is a newer software of this software available:

Download Debian Linux 7 Lenny ISO / CD / DVD Images

What's new in Debian 5.0

The installation process for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 has been improved in many ways: among many other improvements, support for installation from more than one CD or DVD has been restored, firmware required by some devices can be loaded by using removable media, and installations via Braille display are supported. The installer boot process has also received much attention: a graphical menu can be used to choose front-ends and desktop environments, and to select expert or rescue mode. The installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now been translated to 63 languages. Following new updated major software packages are included:

  • 23,000 Open source software
  • K Desktop Environment 3.5.10 (KDE)
  • GNOME desktop environment 2.22.2
  • OpenOffice.org 2.4.1
  • GIMP 2.4.7
  • Iceweasel 3.0.6 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
  • Icedove 2.0.0.19 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
  • PostgreSQL 8.3.6, MySQL 5.0.51a
  • GNU Compiler Collection 4.3.2
  • Linux kernel version 2.6.26
  • Apache 2.2.9, Samba 3.2.5, Python 2.5.2 and 2.4.6, Perl 5.10.0, PHP 5.2.6, Asterisk 1.4.21.2, Emacs 22, Inkscape 0.46, Nagios 3.06
  • Xen Hypervisor 3.2.1 (dom0 as well as domU support)
  • OpenJDK 6b11

Default Debian Linux 5 Gnome Desktop
(Fig.01: Default Debian Linux 5 Gnome Desktop in Action, image credit: Tuxradar)

The installation process for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 has been improved in many ways: among many other improvements, support for installation from more than one CD or DVD has been restored, firmware required by some devices can be loaded by using removable media, and installations via Braille display are supported. The installer boot process has also received much attention: a graphical menu can be used to choose front-ends and desktop environments, and to select expert or rescue mode. The installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now been translated to 63 languages.

Please note that Debian provides all packages on CD / DVD and the total size is around 18GB for all media files. You only need to download first CD / DVD and install the base system. Once done use the Internet to install any packages.

Debian 5 Download

You can download Debian Linux 5 via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).

32 bit vs 64 bit Debian version

  • For almost all PCs select 32 bit version. For e.g., most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors.
  • Choose 64 bit version to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2).

Debian 5 DVD ISO download

There are total 5 DVD images:

Debian download: Debian 5 CD ISO download

There are total 31 ISO images, I strongly suggest to get DVD images :

Debian Linux 5 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

Download images from the following mirror:

Debian 5 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

Debian 5 Upgrade over the Internet

Debian Linux 5 Download Mirrors list

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1 George Kharmujai February 16, 2009 at 8:44 am

This is great… atlast I can upgrade to Lenny…. Just a thought…Can i just change the repositories and upgrade using apt…because this will be way easier than downloading 4.4GB on my slow internet connection..

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2 Igor February 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

You should find the answer here…
Link

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3 nixCraft February 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

@George,

Just follow the link given by Igor and look out for upgrade from etch section. Also, make sure you backup important data before attempting upgrade.

Good luck and let us know how it went…

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4 Neonjack February 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Whew! KDE3… :^)

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5 Vlad February 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I’m sorry that I’m asking this, but…The whole installation kit is 18.6 GB ? Do I have to download all 5 dvd images in order to install the system? (I mean…this is like downloading the whole repository??). I’d like to install it on a laptop, and I don’t have that much space available.

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6 nixCraft February 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

@Vlad,

First, CD / DVD will install base system. Then use the Internet to install the required packages.

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7 Michel Helou February 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

What is the application/software list that is available with Debian 5??

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8 nixCraft February 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

@Michel

Go here. You can search for Debian official packages by keyword, section and other criteria. There are over 20000 software packages.

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9 sree February 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm

i am learner ,i want know what way debian 5 better than ubuntu.debian dvd needs 4.5GB it is possible to work in intel cellorn 633mhz

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10 nixCraft February 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Ubuntu is based upon Debian itself. However, Ubuntu made some changes to desktop i.e. it is more polished and has large userbase.

Yes, Debian can be installed on 633Mhz Celeron with lightweight GUI manager such as XFCE.

HTH

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11 sree February 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm

thank u vivek,one more doubt.if i install two os like win xp,ubuntu can it reduce speed of my system ,if it is so how can i improve speed of my system

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12 nixCraft February 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm

can it reduce speed of my system

No.

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13 dev March 15, 2009 at 3:59 am

download the debian 5.0 in following link
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-debian-5-cd-dvd-iso.html
it’s new release from debian,all things are included in this link,
best uses,

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14 AYAK March 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm
15 Nethy April 2, 2009 at 7:08 am

hi,
am a new user of Debian. Ive downloaded Lenny only the first DVD. Ive installed it on VMware n it works. it can be accessed from outside (SSH) and also has an internet connection. I want to put up a FTP server but am not able to install it from the internet? could it be because during installation i have not chosen the network update option?

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16 nixCraft April 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

/etc/apt/sources.list must be configured to get updates from the Internets. See this article for more info.

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17 zack April 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm

* For almost all PCs select 32 bit version. For e.g., most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors.
* Choose 64 bit version to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2).

wich one should i use for my iMac G3 Power PC?

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18 Ashis April 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

i am novice in debian.
i have a usb hard drive. 18.6 Gb debian iso image reside at my usb drive.
problem is i can,t install debian to my hp7400 desktop machine from mu usb drive.
pls help me.

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19 Md. Rafiqur Rahman April 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

Hi

I’m very new in the linux world. I don’t know anything about the installation process of debian linux. Is there anybody to help me? I want to know the easy process of installation without reading the manual.

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20 Frustrated April 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Looks like Debian has taken down the ISO links for I386 architecture. Can’t find any explanation, just get a 404 error. Was really looking forward to giving Debian another try but if I can’t get it, I’ll stick with Ubuntu. If anyone else knows why the i386 and 64bit iso’s are not there? Is it available by torrent only? That would s*ck.

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21 lukaz May 6, 2009 at 6:51 am

All standard architectures are supported. Check this link mate:
http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/#stable

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22 lukaz May 6, 2009 at 6:54 am

….try selecting another mirror in case of download problem / low speed

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23 Krishna Mishra June 18, 2009 at 1:03 pm

This very nice to see that this kind of imaging operating software.

I will keep in touch i am very keen to learn linux

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24 squarepegger July 4, 2009 at 10:24 am

I’d like to try Debian, but 5 DVDs? 18+GBs? I’ve been trying to get into Linux as a total newbie, but it’s been mostly bad to very bad experiences. My least worst experiences have been with Knoppix and they recommend Debian for those who want a permanent, bootable installation on their HD. I’ve got 11 GB unallocated space on my HD right now and suspect that a lot of those 18+GB on those 5 DVD images are things I’d never use even if I could live forever.

I also tried wubi (Ubuntu inside Windows) and found that I liked Gnome better than KDE, but wubi and Ubuntu have wretched support, so I uninstalled wubi. The Windows community is hugely more helpful than the Ubuntu crowd.

Anyway, is there some Debian installation I can get that will fit into my current 11GB unallocated space and that has just the essentials plus GOOD HELP DOCUMENTATION and Gnome?

TIA to those who reply.

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25 nixCraft July 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

You can install Ubuntu (600M) or Debian (600M) from the first CD. Download only first CD and install minimum system. Once done use apt-get package manger to install required packages. I strongly recommend Ubuntu.

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26 John S June 10, 2010 at 7:01 am

‘The Windows community is hugely more helpful than the Ubuntu crowd.’
Are you kidding? Have you been looking in the right places? Google would be a good place to start. I’ve been dual booting Ubuntu and Windows for years and only ever use Windows for citrix client support – GNU/Linux is still under supported in the business area.
You are correct though, WUBI is crap.

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27 squarepegger July 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Recommend away. I don’t for care the complete lack of support from Ubuntu types.

I installed wubi. I could only connect to the internet via PPPOE one time; no subsequent attempt worked. I posted my problem in the Ubuntu forum and got no reply whatsoever after one week. I then logged in to the Ubuntu IRC channel and asked for help with my problem. There were tons of people on the channel. No one offered to help with my problem. Other people who asked for help after me got a response. That left a pretty bad taste in my mouth.

That’s why I uninstalled wubi. If I have a problem with Windows, I can get some help somewhere. Ubuntu is *WAY* too unsupported. It’s a community of snobs from my experience.

I had no trouble connecting to the internet using Knoppix, but would like to try Linux from a permanent installation. Hence, since the Knoppix docs recommend Debian, I’d like to try Debian.

What about installing Debian from the first DVD rather than the first CD? Would I get something usable? I really want to be able to get HELP from *included* documentation. One of my gripes with the Knoppix DVD is that the Help files aren’t included.

What about symantic instead of apt-get? It’s 2009; command windows are from the 1960s! That’s why I only want to play with Linux–the first thing I get told is open a terminal window and type a shell command. You can’t do everything in Windows via its GUI, but you sure can do an awful lot more than you can do in Linux.

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28 Amin August 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Very hard Debian, I Istalled the basics, but could not find the Commande line to run packages.

and where to get the remainned parts in order to have a comlete syetem?

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29 nixCraft August 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm

@Amin

Use apt-get to install packages:

apt-get install apache2

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30 jitendra jha October 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Hello Friends,

i want to download debian server all 5 DVDs but u provide me link it is not working then give me other link . those work good .

jiten jha

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31 savaliya mukesh December 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I have debian-5.0.0 DVD. i have downloaded from net and that comes in Winzip format. so i unzipped it and write all the files generated in DVD .

Now,when i try to boot PC from it,it does get booted. I am very tired of finding and installing from CD/DVD .

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32 RetroStatic January 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Hey

Debian is awesome!
Lenny looks and sounds amazing!

1 question : Does DVD1 (base install) have more packages than CD1?

Thanks!

____________________

“Static IP’s are for those too scared to play hop-scotch with UNIX BBS”

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33 nixCraft January 12, 2010 at 4:22 am

Sure, DVD has more packages than ISO CD1

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34 john January 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

1. are Intel dual core processors 64 bit?
2. do i really need the extra packages in the DVD iso, or i should go for the CD iso?
3. and will i have a complete working system with & only the CD iso?
4. what’s the default desktop environment and can i install another one of my choice eg KDE 4.3.2?

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35 manoj nath August 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

i have school linux in my computer. i wish to upgrade it with debian lenny 5. can i get a copy of 1st dvd of debian 5 LENNY by mail? my adress is

MANOJ NATH VS,
GANGOTHRI,
VARYATHKUNNU, NADUVATH (POST),
MALAPPURAM DIST,
KERALA 679328
INDIA.

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36 hasan September 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

im a new user of Debian, so im not well speak to Debian.
but think Debian will better.

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37 brian@ December 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

guys good day..! anyone there who can give me a link of debian linux 5 iso? i can’t download here this debian linux 5 iso.(http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-debian-5-cd-dvd-iso.html). can you guys give me a another link?? thanks^^

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38 Rival Edogawa February 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

that’s right…
Give me anothet link,,please…

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39 Cammy February 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

Hi

Links are all broken

Cammy

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40 jhons_man November 1, 2013 at 5:27 am

Frend,,, how to get iso debian 5
plz …. help me

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