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Debian Turns 20 121

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

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

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

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

    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 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):

    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.

  • 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] []

  • Re: One of the best (Score:5, Informative)

    by beefoot ( 2250164 ) on Friday August 16, 2013 @03:00PM (#44586301)
    It is called stable for a reason. For server environment, stable works really well. Hell no way I would want to upgrade my server every year. Every 3 years --- maybe. Ideally would be every 5 years. As you pointed out, if you want newer stuffs, go with testing or unstable. They are called testing / unstable for a reason. Ubuntu's release schedule drives me nuts.

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