Ian Murdock

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Ian Murdock
Born (1973-04-28) 28 April 1973 (age 42)
Konstanz, West Germany
Alma mater Purdue University
Occupation Programmer
Employer Salesforce Marketing Cloud
Known for Debian

Ian Murdock (born 28 April 1973) is an American software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project and Progeny Linux Systems, a commercial Linux company.

Life and career[edit]

Ian Ashley Murdock was born in Konstanz, West Germany on 28 April 1973. He wrote the Debian Manifesto while a student at Purdue University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1996. He named Debian after his then-girlfriend Debra Lynn, and himself (Deb and Ian).[1] They subsequently married (between 1993 and 1996), filed for divorce on the week of 10 August 2007,[2] and were granted the divorce in January 2008.[3]

On joining Sun, he led Project Indiana, which he described as "taking the lesson that Linux has brought to the operating system and providing that for Solaris", making a full OpenSolaris distribution with GNOME and userland tools from GNU plus a network-based package management system.[4] From March 2007 to February 2010, he was Vice President of Emerging Platforms at Sun,[5] until the company merged with Oracle and he resigned his position with the company.

From 2011 until 2015 Murdock was Vice President of Platform and Developer Community at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, based in Indianapolis.[6][7]

Since November 2015 Murdock is working for Docker, Inc.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nixon, Robin (2010). Ubuntu: Up and Running. O'Reilly Media. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-596-80484-8. 
  2. ^ "Divorce Listing", Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, 5 September 2007 
  3. ^ "Divorce Listing", Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, 6 February 2008 
  4. ^ "Q and A: Sun's Top Operating System Brass Talk OS Strategy", The Unix Guardian, IT Jungle 
  5. ^ "Executive Bio". Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. 
  6. ^ Ian Murdock Profile. LinkedIn. Retrieved on 21 November 2011.
  7. ^ About me « Ian Murdock’s Weblog, 22 July 2014 
  8. ^ Ian Murdock Profile. LinkedIn. Retrieved on 26 November 2015.

External links[edit]

New creation
Founding of Debian Project
Debian Project Leader
August 1993 – March 1996
Succeeded by
Bruce Perens