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DRAFT: Debian's Birthday!!

Please read and comment. I just basically threw together what I know.  I'll 
write it a little better when I have time, but I'm looking for more content 
for the News section.  I want to release this announcement on Thursday 
morning so people will know about the IRC party when it's time.

Thanks, Nils.

 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 irg.debian.org channel #debian on Sunday at 
0:00 UTC [NOTE: still being discussed].  Please join us for the festivities!

 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 it from April 1996 until December 1997
 o Ian Jackson led it from January 1998 until the present

Here are some of the major release milestones:

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)

  Debian has grown into a strong organization that develops one of the 
leading Linux distributions.

We have recently released the 2.0 'Hamm' distribution 
Debian is moving towards FHS compliance

Debian is working together with other organizations and individuals from the 
Linux communty in developing the Linux Compatibility Standard.

>> About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the 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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