January 8, 2003

Living up to the Linux name

In 1993, when Ian Murdock decided to start a Linux distribution that would always be free, he found a group of like-minded people to work with him.

It started as a small, tightly-knit group of free software hackers, and gradually grew to become a large, well-organised community of developers and users.

Ian named the distribution for himself and his wife Debra. He called it Debian GNU/Linux in recognition of the fact that a large number of the programs that make up the distribution come from the GNU Project which was started by Richard Stallman in 1984.

Link: The Age


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