Ian Murdock

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Ian Murdock (born 28 April 1973, in Konstanz, Germany) is a software engineer and hacker. He is the founder of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution and Progeny Linux Systems, a company providing services based on commercial distributions of operating systems built over the Linux kernel and distributed under a free software license such as the GNU General Public License (GPL).

He wrote the Debian Manifesto in 1993 while a student at Purdue University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1996. He named Debian after his then-girlfriend Debra Lynn, and himself (Deb and Ian).[1] They have since married, and then divorced in 2007.[2]

On joining Sun, he led Project Indiana, which he described as "taking the lesson that Linux has brought to the operating system and providing that for Solaris", making a full OpenSolaris distribution with GNOME and userland tools from GNU plus a network-based package management system.[3] From March of 2007 to February of 2010, he was Vice President of Emerging Platforms at Sun, until the company merged with Oracle and resigned his position with the company.[4]

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