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Area

The term used in Debian Policy for the main, contrib, and non-free divisions.

Architecture

The type of system a piece of software is built for.

Such as amd64, i386, armel, s390x, powerpc, armhf, mips, AArch64, POWER.

Binary package

An installable .deb file

Source package

A unit of upstream software (with a single build system)

Suite

A repository holding one particular "branch" of Debian's development process.

Such as unstable, testing, stable, oldstable.