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Debian Turns 20 121

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New submitter stderr_dk writes "According to Wikipedia, the initial release of Debian happened 16 August 1993. In other words, it's Debian's birthday and you're all invited. 'During the Debian Birthday, the Debian conference will open its doors to anyone interested in finding out more about Debian and Free Software, inviting enthusiasts, users, and developers to a half day of talks relating to Free Software, the Debian Project, and the Debian operating system.' Over the years, Debian has been forked a number of times. Some of the more well-known forks are Ubuntu and Knoppix. The latest release of Debian pure blend was Debian 7.1 'Wheezy' on June 15th 2013."
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Debian Turns 20

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  • THANKS!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 16, 2013 @01:47PM (#44585475)

    Thanks to Debian devs, community, and everyone else involved.

    • Hear, hear!
    • Re:THANKS!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by unixisc (2429386) on Friday August 16, 2013 @04:50PM (#44587837)
      Two things I'd like to really appreciate Debian doing:
      1. 1.)Supporting as many hardware platforms as they could, and not yanking support simply b'cos it's going nowhere. I'm looking at you, Itanic!
      2. 2.)Being platform agnostic as well - coming out with distros of FBSD and HURD

      I really hope that Debian's non-Linux platforms fully develop and mature. Also, I'd toast Debian for being prudent and offering unliberated software separately, in defiance of the FSF jihadis. While on that topic, Debian also should be commended for joining OSI and embracing Open Source as well as their own FSG.

      • Re:THANKS!!! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by lvxferre (2470098) on Friday August 16, 2013 @08:49PM (#44590293)

        Also, I'd toast Debian for being prudent and offering unliberated software separately, in defiance of the FSF jihadis.

        Agreed. Debian plays as "the last sane man" [okay, distro] regarding that: they realize that open source is freer than closed source, but closed source is still freer than no program; installing by default only free but allowing the users [if they wish to do so] install non-free is the least restrictive thing they could do.

        Happy birthday, Debian!

      • by ajdlinux (913987)

        While on that topic, Debian also should be commended for joining OSI and embracing Open Source as well as their own FSG.

        Well, the OSI's Open Source Definition was actually based off the DFSG, just with the Debian-specific references removed.

  • by monzie (729782) on Friday August 16, 2013 @01:49PM (#44585505) Homepage

    .. and to all the contributors - Thank you for creating this awesome distribution!

  • I started out with Slackware, but package management proved a bit of a headache. Redhat was next, but I confess I never gave it much of a chance. I went to Ubuntu, but had some real problems, particularly with some Apache 2. At that point I said "f--- it" and went to Debian, around version 5. I tried out Centos, figuring I should give the Redhat ecosystem a try again, and while it's a pretty good, somehow I like Debian the best, and returned to Wheezy for my new KVM servers.

  • Is it really? (Score:3, Informative)

    by geek (5680) on Friday August 16, 2013 @01:57PM (#44585577) Homepage

    I'm not so sure. The Debian group "formed" for lack of a better work on 8/16/93 but they didnt release anything til almost 1995. So the group might be 20 years old but the distro itself maybe not.

    • by some old guy (674482) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:04PM (#44585665)

      Dude, it's a party...lose the buzzkill. :)

    • Re:Is it really? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by KiloByte (825081) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:38PM (#44586069)

      Hmm... sounds like a good reason to party twice, then. And I'm at the DebConf at the moment...

    • Re:Is it really? (Score:5, Informative)

      by rubycodez (864176) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:41PM (#44586123)

      wrong, 0.01 was released August 1993 and was usable

      in fact, if you are referring to the 1.0 release in 1995 that had the bad CD with wrong stuff on it

      • Re:Is it really? (Score:5, Informative)

        by jones_supa (887896) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:49PM (#44586213)

        Correct. Here's the full background story of the CD incident for anyone who's interested:

        Debian 1.0 was never released: InfoMagic, a CD vendor, accidentally shipped a development release of Debian and entitled it 1.0. On December 11th 1995, Debian and InfoMagic jointly announced that this release was screwed. Bruce Perens explains that the data placed on the "InfoMagic Linux Developer's Resource 5-CD Set November 1995" as "Debian 1.0" is not the Debian 1.0 release, but an early development version which is only partially in the ELF format, will probably not boot or run correctly, and does not represent the quality of a released Debian system. To prevent confusion between the premature CD version and the actual Debian release, the Debian Project has renamed its next release to "Debian 1.1". The premature Debian 1.0 on CD is deprecated and should not be used. [1] [debian.org]

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Until they got their own distro working they had to use another one. They chose Gentoo, so it took a year to compile.

      • by Windowser (191974)
        while moderating you as funny, hit overrated by mistake. this comment is undoing it.
        why is the only solution to this problem equals to cancelling every mods done in this discussion ?
        • by znrt (2424692)

          while moderating you as funny, hit overrated by mistake. this comment is undoing it.

          it's still funny even if it didn't get your mod points.

          why is the only solution to this problem equals to cancelling every mods done in this discussion ?

          moderation is highly overrated. one easy solution is to ignore it altogether and read at -1. works for me.

    • The Debian group "formed" for lack of a better work on 8/16/93 but they didnt release anything til almost 1995.

      Whereas you started acing the grade school homewerks the day you were born.

  • Aww, fsck it, not this meme again... [iki.fi]
  • One of the best (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:06PM (#44585681)

    Debian is probably the most consistent among all Linux distributions. I love the community spirit and non-commercial nature of Debian. Rock solid and stable and of course truly free "as in freedom".

    And with the goal of being the "universal operating system" which recently come true with becoming the official OS on the International Space Station, I look forward to the next 20 years of Debian awesomeness and galactic domination!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I use a lot of Debian's work for everyday use from Linux Mint on my laptop, to Debian on an x86 server, to Raspbian on a RPI. It's really nice stuff, simple, classic, yet amazingly powerful. Congrats Debian!

    -- stoops

  • It's a time to celebrate, not to have what sounds like a fairly businessy and serious event. This is like celebrating the Fourth of July by bombing Britain.

    • It's a time to celebrate, not to have what sounds like a fairly businessy and serious event. This is like celebrating the Fourth of July by bombing Britain.

      Soundls like a plan to me.

      Go for it!

  • by CAIMLAS (41445) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:25PM (#44585901) Homepage

    One of the most memorable forks of Debian was Stormix (not mentioned on WP): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormix

    For those who don't remember, or weren't there: it was a very nicely cleaned up Debian installer with additional driver support and simplified configuration. It ran very well on a wide range of systems and was way, way ahead of pretty much everything else with respect to software installation and system configuration.

    The Stormix company, when it failed, became Progeny, if I recall correctly. Progeny was a greatly used add-on repository for Debian which eventually had a lot of the functionality added into the core of Debian.

    Without Stormix, later efforts like Knoppix and Ubuntu would not have been possible.

    • by Rinikusu (28164)

      Stormix was one of the few boxed Linux sets I bothered to purchase, simply to help support the company and its efforts. I never used it (redhat & beos user at the time), but I liked where it was headed and definitely appreciated Knoppix when it came out. For similar reasons I picked up OpenBSD and FreeBSD CDs from walnut creek? because it's good to have options and it was an easy way for me to help "support" stuff like this.

      Linux Mint is my distro of choice at the moment. Long live debian!

      (and one d

    • by unixisc (2429386)

      I tried Stormix. It was a neat distro, like Corel Linux. Like every other distro I tried at that time & gave up on - Caldera, TurboLinux, Mandrake, Corel, et al, it had a major problem - failed to recognize my NIC, which was embedded in the motherboard. And these were standard Realtek ones.

      Of course, that's different today, but after trying several of them, I gave up on Linux at the time.

      • by CAIMLAS (41445)

        Um, 'standard Realtek ones'?

        The rtl8139 NIC has long been a 'standard' NIC for me - I'd buy 5 at $10 each. it's the same chipset put on motherboards since forever, I believe (and now they often have the rtl8169 or similar). They have always worked well for general Linux purposes. I don't remember having a problem with them back then, though I do remember using a lot of 3com 10/100 cards around that time, too so I may be mistaken.

  • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Friday August 16, 2013 @02:42PM (#44586135)

    ...Debian will be available FREE all day today!

  • Well done Deb!!!!
  • I started using debian since 2000 its something that changed they way i use an OS. Consistency, cool .deb package manager. sticking with single UI. parenting so many distros. platform based repos portings. lot more . really great effort.
  • by gmarsh (839707) on Friday August 16, 2013 @03:19PM (#44586545)

    I've used Debian extensively in the past for embedded Linux development - I've got equipment in the field running on the x86, armel, mips and powerpc ports, from biscuit PCs running full GUIs to $10 uP's doing network-attached-widget duties in the corner of a PCB.

    Debian's "non-x86" ports work well, the distribution is simple, trims down small, easily modified for whatever purpose, and it just plain gets the job done. Couldn't be happier with it.

  • by jtotheh (229796) on Friday August 16, 2013 @04:08PM (#44587243)

    To celebrate, I enabled jessie(testing) in my sources.list, used aptitude to install a 3.10 kernel with RT (I was running 3.9) and rebooted - everything seems to be working great.This is on a Macbook Pro running wheezy(stable) with reFind boot manager. Thanks Debian!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    In related news, 20 Debian related IRC chat channels were the sites of furious arguments about how to celebrate Debian's birthday. On one channel a group of 20 developers decided to stick a fork in the cake and threatened to celebrate 'independently' of the main group because they were unhappy with the format of the celebratory proceedings. Similar events happened on other channels, and within each group. In the end, they decided to postpone development of any 'party' till all other issues were resolved

  • Just wanted to mention Libranet: a very well crafted fork that I bought twice (2.7 and 2.8.1). Why not revive it? It was the best easy-to-use Debian ever.
  • I can well believe Debian has been forked. No, wait, it's another word I had in mind.
  • Everyone knows the 21st birthday is real year to party!

      "Shlappy Burfday Debbie Anne!"

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