Ian Murdock Founder of Debian Linux died at the age of 42

It has been confirmed that Debian founder Ian Murdock has died. From the Docker blog: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that Ian Murdock passed away on Monday night. This is a tragic loss for his family, for the Docker community, and the broader open source world; we all mourn his passing.

Ian helped pioneer the notion of a truly open project and community, embracing open design and open contribution; in fact the formative document of the open source movement itself (the Open Source Definition) was originally a Debian position statement.
It is a testament to Ian’s commitment to openness and community that there are now more than 1,000 people currently involved in Debian development.”
A cause of death was not provided in the blog post announcing the news. Docker declined to comment. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately have information on Murdock’s cause of death.
Murdock’s Twitter account posted several tweets (PDF) on Monday that suggested he had been involved in an incident involving police, and one tweet said that he would commit suicide that night. Some people speculated that his account had been hacked. It has since been deleted.

Murdock created Debian in 1993. In a biography on his personal website he talked up the project’s accomplishments. “With its integrated software repositories anyone could contribute to, Debian arguably had the industry’s first (albeit primitive) ‘App Store,’” he wrote.
In the past few years Docker has popularized Linux containers, and there is significance in his arrival at the startup, as he is highly regarded in the Linux world. Many Debian users responded to the Monday tweets with sympathy and support.
The all tweets of Ian Murdock is as follows-





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