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Debian's 5th Birthday!

Debian GNU/Linux
Debian GNU/Linux turns 5!
August 16, 1998

>> News

  On Sunday, August 16, 1998, Debian will turn a proud 5 years old. 
There will be an IRC party on irc.debian.org (also irc.openprojects.net) 
channel #debian on Sunday August 16 at 20:00 UTC.  Please join us for the 

  From its beginnings in 1993 with about a dozen developers, Debian has 
grown into a strong organization that develops one of the world's leading 
Linux distributions.  The recently released the 2.0 'Hamm' distribution
<http://www.debian.org/news#19980724> was developed by over 400 developers 
and  contains over 1500 entirely free packages.

  Work on several ports is currently in progress.  PowerPC, Alpha, Sparc, 
UltraSparc, ARM, m68k, i386-hurd and more are currently under active 
development.  For more information regarding these ports, please visit our 
web page at <http://www.debian.org/>.

  Plans for the future include moving towards FHS compliance, as well as 
introducing 'apt,' our next generation package manager.  Apt enables system 
administrators to keep their systems in sync with the latest available 
software using just a few simple commands to automatically retrieve the 
latest versions of packages from the Internet, and install and configure 

  Debian is working together with Red Hat and other organizations and 
individuals from the Linux community in developing the Linux Compatibility 
Standard (LCS). To subscribe to the lcs-eng mailing list send an e-mail to 
<mailto:lcs-eng-REQUEST@lists.debian.org> with the single word 'subscribe' 
in the subject line.

  Debian would like to thank all the people who have made this distribution 
grow and prosper.  These include the founder Ian Murdock, leaders Bruce 
Perens and Ian Jackson, and all of the developers that have put in countless 
hours of volunteer work.  Debian would not be possible without you. Thank 

>> History

Debian has had several leaders since its beginnings in 1993.

 o Ian Murdock founded Debian in August 1993 and led it until March 1996.
     This effort was sponsored by the FSF's GNU project for one year 
     (November 1994 to November 1995). 
 o Bruce Perens led Debian from April 1996 until December 1997
 o Ian Jackson led Debian from January 1998 until the present

Here are some of the major Debian release milestones:

0.01-0.90 were released between August 1993 and December 1993
0.91 released January 1994 (~30 developers, primitive packager)
0.93R5 released in March 1995 (dpkg makes its first appearance)
0.93R6 released in November 1995 (~60 developers, a.out, first dselect)
1.0 was never released. It later became version 1.1
1.1 'Buzz' released June 1996 (474 packages, 2.0 kernel, fully ELF, dpkg)
1.2 'Rex' released December 1996 (848 packages, 120 developers)
1.3 'Bo' released July 1997 (974 packages, 200 developers)
2.0 'Hamm' released July 1998 (1500+ packages, 400+ developers, glibc2)
2.1 'Slink' is scheduled to be frozen in October or November 1998.

>> About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. 
It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer 
their time and effort.

>> Contact Information 

For further information, please send email to press@debian.org or visit
the Debian homepage at <http://www.debian.org/>.

Nils Lohner				E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
Debian GNU/Linux Press Contact          Press:  press@debian.org

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