Files that contain the .deb file extension are Unix archive files. These files are most commonly used for installation packages that contain software that was developed for computers that run on the Linux operating system using the Debian package management application.
The name "Debian" was given by the developer of the Debian technology. The "Deb" stands for "Debra", the founder's ex-wife. The "ian" stands for "Ian", the name of the software developer.
The DEB files contain two zipped file archives. One archive contains the installer information for the associated application and the other archive contains the actual data for the application being installed. These files can be compressed using the bzip or gzip compression technology.
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