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docs.installation.ubuntu: added instructions for Debian

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 .. _ubuntu_12-04:
-Ubuntu 12.04
+Ubuntu & Debian
-`Ubuntu <>`_ is a distribution ('distro') of GNU/Linux.
-Its latest LTS release is
-`12.04 (a.k.a. Precise Pangolin) <>`_
-and was published on April, 2012.
-For this OS, the complete list of steps is available
+`Ubuntu <>`_ and `Debian <>`_
+are distributions ('distros') of GNU/Linux (a.k.a. Linux).
+.. note::
+   Ubuntu is Debian-based thus they share much code and packages.
+**For these OSs, the complete list of steps is available**
 (and has been thoroughly checked), including ODE's compilation and
 installation, which are the major obstacles in the process and may scare
 users unaccustomed to the command line and software compilation.
+Ubuntu 12.04
+Ubuntu's latest long-term-support release is
+`12.04 (a.k.a. Precise Pangolin) <>`_
+and was published on April, 2012.
 Run the following commands in sequence and you'll have ARS ready to go.
 They are grouped as: a) Python basic packages, b) VTK, c) ODE, d) ARS::
 .. note::
    Not all users will need to run ``ldconfig`` but it doesn't hurt if you do.
    See :ref:`ODE Import Error<ode_import_error>` for more information.
+Debian 7
+Debian's next stable version is
+`7 (a.k.a. Wheezy) <>`_
+and is about to be released in the first half of 2013. Debian
+`6 (a.k.a. Squeeze) <>`_
+had old versions of Python and VTK thus was not considered for these
+'easy install' instructions.
+The **required steps are identical** as those above, with one caveat:
+.. warning::
+   Debian might not have ``sudo`` available or the OS user might not be in the
+   ``sudo`` group. The solution (you need the root user password)
+   for these is::
+      su
+      apt-get install sudo
+      adduser <username> sudo
+      exit
+   and then logout and login again.
+   An alternative is to replace ``sudo <command>`` with ``su -c '<command>'``.