Happy Birthday, Debian. πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰ 🎈
25 years old.

Ian Murdock announced on August 16th 1993. The first release, 0.01, was made the next month, on September 15th.

Congratulations & thanks to the Debian volunteers, past and present, for making it such a fantastic distro. Here's to the next 25 years.

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@fitheach there is a good reason Debian is still around 25 years later, as strong as ever :) :debian: :linux:

Not only Debian but also all the distros that build from it. The FLOSS world without Debian would be a much poorer place.

A bit longer than me! I started with a home server and then desktop/laptop system with Potato in 2001. I still have the complete Potato CD set.

@fitheach That's awesome. Debian "testing" (Lenny at that time) was my first GNU/Linux distribution and I loved it. I've been using Debian-based distros since then.

BTW, Debian is love :debian:

@malysps @fitheach

I was using pre-"Enterprise" RedHat and Mandrake when I made the switch, sometime during "woody's" time as "stable" eg Debian 3.0

This was before yum (or dnf of course) so apt was ... revelatory.

@deejoe @malysps
I don't know how justified it was, but at the time I made my selection of Debian (as my distro of choice) RPM had a "Dependency Hell" reputation. I never had a DH problem on Debian, even when running testing.

Debian was criticised for Woody being around so long, but boy was it rock-solid.


We started about the same time.

I started with some version of in a multi-CD set I bought in a store...


One thing about -- and likely most /Linux as well: I found between , and to be , the more I had BEFORE the , and the more I had used the release.

So it's -- and not just by me -- to to your from a stable .

I usually wait until the new stable is ready and then upgrade. If everything seems to be OK, I then dist-upgrade, check again. I've never had any problems. As most of my systems are remote servers I have an anxious minute or two if an upgrade also requires a kernel update (and thus a reboot).

I once had a upgrade go wrong on my laptop, but that was due to me installing some packages from Debian Multimedia that had dependency problems in the testing version I was moving to.

@fitheach happy b’day Debian! The proof that β€œdesigned by committee” works 😁

I didn't know him but he was obviously a talented guy. Sadly, he met a tragic end, at a relatively young age.

@fitheach I'd met him a couple of times. The news hit hard and still brings pain.

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