[rescue] [OT] Debian founder dead at age 42

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Thu Dec 31 16:18:00 CST 2015

I will chime in and say that I always appreciated Ian and Debian's stance on OSS, their helpfulness and the many innovations they enabled.

Off the top of my head:

apt was a spur for Red Hat and other distros to have decent packaging tools
KNOPPIX (Debian based) LiveCD - super useful as a rescue disk
many derivatives such as Edubuntu etc. used in education
drove HP's embrace of Linux

"politically" Debian serves in the USA as a very useful counterweight to Red Hat, which helps keep them honest IMHO

Surely a much longer list of Ian /Debian successes could be compiled.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Bradford" <mrbill at mrbill.net>
To: "The Rescue List" <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 1:17:10 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: Re: [rescue] [OT] Debian founder dead at age 42

On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 06:36:21PM +0000, Peter Stokes wrote:
>Hi All
>I appreciate this being posted for information, but given the target interest
>of the list I would prefer not to see a relative discussion of anyone's
>personal life, please post that in a more appropriate place and keep this list
>for what it is intended for please.
>Thanks and Happy New Year to everyone.

As the list founder/owner/maintainer/TERRIBLE DICTATOR, I agree.

Can we keep discussion about Mr. Murdock related to his work wtih Debian and
other Linux/OSS causes?  Celebrate what he gave the world, not how he left it.



FYI, the box that runs all this:

mrbill at ohno:~> uname -a
Linux ohno 3.2.0-0.bpo.4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.63-2+deb7u2~bpo60+1 x86_64

Bill Bradford
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