Ian Murdock, the Debian Linux founder passed away. The 42 year old man posted on his Twitter account that he was going to commit suicide on Monday. He also asked people to not try to stop him. The news of his death was revealed by the CEO of Docker, Ben Golub, who expressed his grief and praised the founder.
Currently, the cause of his death is still uncertain. Because of his last tweet, it is believed that the founder might have taken his own life, but the reasons behind this decision are still to be found out. Some people believe that his Twitter account had been hacked, but that is very unlikely, since the death of Murdock happened quick after the announcement.
It is possible that his decision to commit suicide came after he was emotionally traumatized. Some of his latest tweets suggested that he was abused by the police. He said that a female officer had torn apart his underwear, which corresponds to rape. The emotional consequences of this incident might have pushed him to do something reckless but this remains a speculation.
As the news of Ian Murdock passing away came, the tributes came in flowing. According to Ben Golub, Debian was one of the most successful projects ever launched. The Debian community also posted after the death of its founder, lauding his work and stating that his memory will live through his work.
Debian is a computer operating system composed mostly of free software and packaged by the Debian Project. Ian Murdock first announced Debian in 1993 and the first release was made three years later, in 1996. Debian also formed a non-profit organization called Software in the public interest.
As Debian contains more than 43,000 software packages, it makes it one of the biggest software compilations in the world. Popular programs created by Debian include the VLC media player, the document viewer Evince, Evolution mail, the disc burner K3b and the GIMP image editor.
The word Debian comes from the combination of his name, Ian, with the name of his girlfriend at the moment called Debra Lynn. At the moment, Debian continues to develop and new packages are uploaded every day.
Until now, the distribution and the website of Debian have won numerous awards, including Best of the Net award in 1998. The best Linux Distro in 2011 and Server Distribution of the Year in 2011.
As Ian Murdock, the Debian Linux founder passed away, we are certain that his memory will always be cherished and remembered.
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