Debian Turns 14 Today

Debian, the Linux distribution that Ubuntu is based on, is 14 years old today. Incredible! Here is a link to the original announcement by Ian Murdock.

This is just to announce the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, which I’m calling the Debian Linux Release. This is a release that I have put together basically from scratch; in other words, I didn’t simply make some changes to SLS and call it a new release. I was inspired to put together this release after running SLS and generally being dissatisfied with much of it, and after much altering of SLS I decided that it would be easier to start from scratch.

The SLS distribution (Softlanding Linux System) that is referred to was an early Linux distribution by Peter MacDonald that was started in mid-1992.

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2) Debian will contain the most up-to-date of everything. […]
3) Debian will contain a installation procedure that doesn’t need to be babysat; […]

It’s funny that these are historically the two major things people find lacking in debian…


Debian is a superb distro. I can’t imagine using anything else.

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