- Ian Murdock, the founder of the Debian project is dead. The cause of death has not yet been announced but before his death he had a confrontation with police. He was just 42 years old.
|Murdock created the Debian project while he was still a student of computer science at Purdue University. Murdock earned a bachelor degree in computer science there back in 1996. Debian was one of the earliest Linux distributions. Debian is still regarded as one of the most successful open-source projects. At present more than 1,000 people still are involved in the Debian project.|
We consider ourselves lucky to have known Ian and worked with him. He amazed everyone whom he worked with for the depth of his thinking, passion and experience. He was truly brilliant and an inspiration to many of us; his death is a loss to all whom he has known and touched.There is also a remembrance posting on Debian.
"they beat the shit out of me twice, then charged me $25,000 to get out of jail for battery against THEM.(1/2) The rest of my life will be devoted to fighting against police abuse.. I'm white, I made $1.4 million last year, (2/2) They are uneducated, bitter, and and only interested in power for its own sake. Contact email@example.com if you can help. -ian"Murdock also claimed the police followed him home when he left the courthouse and assaulted him again. He went on: "I'm not committing suicide today. I'll write this all up first, so the police brutality ENDEMIC in this so call free country will be known. Maybe my suicide at this, you now, a successful business man, not a N****R, will finally bring some attention to this very serious issue." His final tweet was: "I am a white male, make a lot money, pay a lot of money in taxes, and yet their abuse is equally doned out. DO NOT CROSS THEM!?" It would seem that Murdock died the same night on Monday December 28th.
Details surrounding his death have not been released; As of 1 January 2016 there is no public record of the cause of death, but some have pointed to the last tweets from Murdock's account, where he announced he'd commit suicide and reported to having an altercation with police, shortly after which he was found dead.The police confirmed the earlier altercation in which they claim Murdock was "belligerent, possibly drunk and argumentative with officers." They claim that when he was put in a squad car he banged his head on the metal separator and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment and then was released. Three hours later the police claim Murdock was back knocking on the same door and so they arrested him. Whatever happened, it is surprising that there is little media coverage so far.