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Debian turns 19

Nineteen years ago, on August 16, Ian Murdock posted his original founding announcement for Debian. "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 base system is now virtually complete (though I'm still looking around to make sure that I grabbed the most recent sources for everything), and I'd like to get some feedback before I add the "fancy" stuff."
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It's funny...

Posted Aug 17, 2012 11:38 UTC (Fri) by kena (subscriber, #2735) [Link]

But, excepting a brief flirtation with Corel's Linux, I didn't boot a Debian-based release until Debian, itself, sometime in 2001. Now I flit between Debian, Mint and Ubuntu, but I've never (willingly) gone back to RPM. Yes, the release of yum really *did* help with the whole RPM Hell thing, but .deb repositories are just so much larger. "apt-get install $INCREDIBLYESOTERICPROGRAM" succeeds the significant majority of the time, and, where it doesn't, there's usually a private repository.

Bottom line? Congrats, Ian. And thank you.

It's funny...

Posted Aug 24, 2012 16:05 UTC (Fri) by wolfrider (guest, #3105) [Link]

--Thank you, Deb, Ian, and the whole GNU team!

/ .deb files rock!

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