On a day like today Ian Murdock left us

Ian Murdock

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!


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  1.   fernan said

    Hello:
    Thanks to him, many of us use GNU linux distributions because even if you never use debian, it is very likely that if you have used an ubuntu, mint or other derivatives, I have debian in a virtual machine and it is seen that it is becoming a better distro, not only for servers.
    Cheers and rest in peace Ian

  2.   Alef said

    Thank you very much Mr. Ian Murdock, for you I have the peace that I have now… Thank you very much !!!

  3.   Original and Free Malagueños said

    DEP and thank you Ian.

  4.   leonardo ramirez said

    Thank you IAN, you should never have left, I know you suffered from depression but the followers of Linux and free software admire you a lot. Many of us would kill for the knowledge and fame you had. The most important thing is that you are still alive, your son is the engine of a promising future with better distributions every day.

    1.    Mario said

      What an asshole to talk about death when poor Ian committed suicide. Let's not be fools and remember this guy with the best of admiration. This guy didn't do things for fame, but because he felt them.