Murdock was an integral figure in the open source movement. His Debian Project – and his work at Docker – were groundbreaking. Announced in 1993 and released in 1996, Murdock named the distro after his then wife, Debra, and himself. Debian, created while Murdock was an undergraduate at Purdue University, gave birth to tools like apt-get, an installation system that streamlined open source packages.
Murdock worked at Sun Microsystems and was the CTO of the Linux Foundation. Most recently he worked at Docker. “We consider ourselves lucky to have known Ian and worked with him. He amazed everyone whom he worked with for the depth of his thinking, passion and experience. He was truly brilliant and an inspiration to many of us; his death is a loss to all whom he has known and touched,” wrote Docker CEO Ben Golub.
Details of the death have not been confirmed but according to Twitter logs Murdock appears to have had an altercation with the police and then returned home where he posted a final tweet, since deleted, claiming that he would commit suicide on December 28.
The current Debian team also posted a memorial:
We will update if and when more details become available.