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Press Release: Debian turns 17

Here is a draft of a press release for Debian's 17th birthday. Contributions welcome!



The Debian Project is pleased mark the 17th anniversary of its start. As the official project history states;[0] "The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. At that time, the whole concept of a "distribution" of Linux was new. Ian intended Debian to be a distribution which would be made openly, in the sprit of Linux and GNU".

Over the last seventeen years Debian has grown significantly. Begun as a small project it now has developers from many corners of the globe, documentation in numerous languages, and tens of thousands of software packages, all following Debian's Free Software Guidelines.[1]

Thanks to the contributions of individual developers, translators, graphic designers, system administrators, users and many others, Debian continues to thrive in the wider Free Software ecosystem. Debian is used by a number of "derivative" distributions that further expand the reach of Debian's software and Debian's philosophy of putting the user first. 

Under the auspices of Software In the Public Interest[2] and through the Debian Partners program[3] Debian continues to work with some of the largest names in hardware and software development. Debian has always striven to support a broad range of hardware with high-quality, well tested software and continues to work with numerous partners in various industries to do so.

The Debian Project continues to welcome contributions in all forms, from users to developers, encouraging people to download, use, modify, and distribute its source code in the hopes that it is useful. The project will release Debian 6.0, code named "Squeeze", at some point this year once the hard work of fixing release critical bugs is finished. In the spirit of the Free Software community, Debian welcomes everyone to participate in this and all of Debian's activities and looks forward to the next seventeen years.

0. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-intro.en.html
1. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
2. http://www.spi-inc.org/about-spi
3. http://www.debian.org/partners/


Feedback, corrections, commentary welcome.


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