We all heard the tragic news of the death of Ian Murdock, such a day as today is the anniversary of his death. Ian left us on December 28, 2015. Ian was undoubtedly one of the most relevant personalities in the world of free and open source software for all his legacy and work that continues to develop after his death. He brought us many things, but perhaps the greatest or the one that everyone admires and respects him for is the great Debian project, one of the first GNU / Linux distributions that allowed the Torvalds kernel to be known in a tough beginning.
Ian Murdock committed suicide by hanging, and it was all a bit strange and unexpected. Be that as it may, it is a great personal loss and a talent that will always be remembered. This German would be born in Constance on April 28, 1973 and would leave us 42 years old on the date mentioned above. But during all that stage has left a huge legacy starting with being the leader of the Debian project, working for Sun Microsystems, and then participating in many other projects such as the Salesforce Marketing Cloud and the famous Docker project, going through being the founder of the company Progeny Linux Systems, having been CTO of the Linux Foundation, and Indiana project leader.
Certainly the Indiana project It does not have much to do with the world of Linux, but with that of free software, since it is a free operating system that was published in 2005 from the private version of the fantastic Solaris from Sun Microsystems at that time (now owned by Oracle). If you are a faithful follower of LxA, surely you already know Project Indiana, since we have talked about it here at some time.
In addition to his technical work, Murdock also left us other interesting treasures, such as the Debian Manifesto. A work that he would write during his student days at Purdue University where he graduated in computer science in 1996 and that would lay the foundations of the Debian project and serve as a reference for many other manifestos or ideas from the world of free software and code open.
For all this: RIP Ian and thank you!